26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 1 Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 2 you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 3 the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
26:57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house 4 the experts in the law 5 and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After 6 going in, he sat with the guards 7 to see the outcome. 26:59 The 8 chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally 9 two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 10 said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 26:62 So 11 the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 26:63 But Jesus was silent. The 12 high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 13 the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 14 of the Power 15 and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 16 26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 17 “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 18 you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 19 They 20 answered, “He is guilty and deserves 21 death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! 22 Who hit you?” 23
26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 24 slave girl 25 came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 26 “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 26:71 When 27 he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 28 saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.”
1 tn Or “a revolutionary.” This term can refer to one who stirs up rebellion: BDAG 594 s.v. λῃστής 2 has “revolutionary, insurrectionist, guerrilla” citing evidence from Josephus (J. W. 2.13.2-3 [2.253-254]). However, this usage generally postdates Jesus’ time. It does refer to a figure of violence. Luke uses the same term for the highwaymen who attack the traveler in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30).
2 tn Grk “and” (καί, kai), a conjunction that is elastic enough to be used to indicate a contrast, as here.
3 tn Grk “But so that”; the verb “has happened” is implied.
4 tn Grk “where.”
6 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.
7 sn The guards would have been the guards of the chief priests who had accompanied Judas to arrest Jesus.
8 tn Grk “Now the.” Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
9 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
10 tn Grk “This one.”
11 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the false testimony.
12 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.
13 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”
sn See the note on Christ in 1:16.
15 sn The expression the right hand of the Power is a circumlocution for referring to God. Such indirect references to God were common in 1st century Judaism out of reverence for the divine name.
17 tn Grk “the high priest tore his clothes, saying.”
19 tn Grk “What do you think?”
20 tn Grk “answering, they said.” This is somewhat redundant and has been simplified in the translation. Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
21 tn Grk “he is guilty of death.” L&N 88.313 states, “pertaining to being guilty and thus deserving some particular penalty – ‘guilty and deserving, guilty and punishable by.’ οἱ δὲ ἀποκριθέντες εἶπαν, ᾿Ενοχος θανάτου ἐστίν ‘they answered, He is guilty and deserves death’ Mt 26:66.”
22 tn Or “Messiah”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”
sn See the note on Christ in 1:16.
23 tn Grk “Who is the one who hit you?”
sn Who hit you? This is a variation of one of three ancient games that involved blindfolds.
24 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.
25 tn The Greek term here is παιδίσκη (paidiskh), referring to a slave girl or slave woman.
26 tn Grk “he denied it…saying.” The participle λέγων (legwn) is redundant in English and has not been translated.
27 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
28 tn The words “slave girl” are not in the Greek text, but are implied by the feminine singular form ἄλλη (allh).