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22:44. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.
22:45. And when he rose up from prayer and was come to the disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow.
22:46. And he said to them: Why sleep you? Arise: pray: lest you enter into temptation.
22:47. As he was yet speaking, behold a mult.i.tude; and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus, for to kiss him.
22:48. And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss?
22:49. And they that were about him, seeing what would follow, said to him: Lord, shall we strike with the sword?
22:50. And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
22:51. But Jesus answering, said: Suffer ye thus far. And when he had touched his ear, he healed him.
22:52. And Jesus said to the chief priests and magistrates of the temple and the ancients, that were come unto him: Are ye come out, as it were against a thief, with swords and clubs?
22:53. When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against me: but this is your hour and the power of darkness.
22:54. And apprehending him, they led him to the high priest’s house.
But Peter followed afar off.
22:55. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them.
22:56. Whom when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light and had earnestly beheld him, she said: This man also was with him.
22:57. But he denied him, saying: Woman, I know him not.
22:58. And after a little while, another seeing him, said: Thou also art one of them. But Peter said: O man, I am not.
Another, etc… Observe here, in order to reconcile the four Evangelists, that divers persons concurred in charging Peter with being Christ’s disciple; till at length they brought him to deny him thrice.
1. The porteress that let him in, and afterwards seeing him at the fire, first put the question to him; and then positively affirmed that he was with Christ. 2. Another maid accused him to the standers by; and gave occasion to the man here mentioned to renew the charge against him, which caused the second denial. 3. Others of the company took notice of his being a Galilean; and were seconded by the kinsman of Malchus, who affirmed he had seen him in the garden. And this drew on the third denial.
22:59. And after the s.p.a.ce, as it were of one hour, another certain man affirmed, saying: Of a truth, this man was also with him: for he is also a Galilean.
22:60. And Peter said: Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, as he was yet speaking, the c.o.c.k crew.
22:61. And the Lord turning looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, as he had said: Before the c.o.c.k crow, thou shalt deny thrice.
22:62. And Peter going out, wept bitterly.
22:63. And the men that held him mocked him and struck him.
22:64. And they blindfolded him and smote his face. And they asked him saying: Prophesy: Who is it that struck thee?
22:65. And blaspheming, many other things they said against him.
22:66. And as soon as it was day, the ancients of the people and the chief priests and scribes came together. And they brought him into their council saying: If thou be the Christ, tell us.
22:67. And he saith to them: If I shall tell you, you will not believe me.
22:68. And if I shall also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go.
22:69. But hereafter the Son of man shall be sitting on the right hand of the power of G.o.d.
22:70. Then said they all: Art thou then the Son of G.o.d? Who said: You say that I am.
22:71. And they said: What need we any further testimony? For we ourselves have heard it from his own mouth.
Luke Chapter 23
The continuation of the history of the pa.s.sion.
23:1. And the whole mult.i.tude of them, rising up, led him to Pilate.
23:2. And they began to accuse him, saying: We have found this man perverting our nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar and saying that he is Christ the king.
23:3. And Pilate asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? But he answering, said: Thou sayest it.
23:4. And Pilate said to the chief priests and to the mult.i.tudes: I find no cause in this man.
23:5. But they were more earnest, saying: He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.
23:6. But Pilate hearing Galilee, asked if the man were of Galilee?
23:7. And when he understood that he was of Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him away to Herod, who was also himself at Jerusalem in those days.
23:8. And Herod seeing Jesus, was very glad: for he was desirous of a long time to see him, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to see some sign wrought by him.
23:9. And he questioned him in many words. But he answered him nothing.
23:10. And the chief priests and the scribes stood by, earnestly accusing him.
23:11. And Herod with his army set him at nought and mocked him, putting on him a white garment: and sent him back to Pilate.
23:12. And Herod and Pilate were made friends, that same day: for before they were enemies one to another.
23:13. And Pilate, calling together the chief priests and the magistrates and the people,
23:14. Said to them: You have presented unto me this man as one that perverteth the people. And behold I, having examined him before you, find no cause in this man, in those things wherein you accuse him.
23:15. No, nor Herod neither. For, I sent you to him: and behold, nothing worthy of death is done to him.
23:16. I will chastise him therefore and release him.
23:17. Now of necessity he was to release unto them one upon the feast day.
23:18. But the whole mult.i.tude together cried out, saying: Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: