26:34 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 1 on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
26:74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 2 26:75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 3
1 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”
2 tn It seems most likely that this refers to a real rooster crowing, although a number of scholars have suggested that “cockcrow” is a technical term referring to the trumpet call which ended the third watch of the night (from midnight to 3 a.m.). This would then be a reference to the Roman gallicinium (ἀλεκτοροφωνία, alektorofwnia; the term is used in Mark 13:35 and is found in some
3 sn When Peter went out and wept bitterly it shows he really did not want to fail here and was deeply grieved that he had.