The Lord Predicts Peter's Denials
3 denials before a rooster crows once
Mt 26:34   Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Lu 22:34  And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
John 13:38   Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

3 denials before a rooster crows twice
Mr 14:30   And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

The denials in the order they appear in each gospel 
Matthew 26
Mark 14
Luke 22
John 18
At the door of Annas' palace
To the female doorkeeper (John)

In the courtyard
sitting by the fire
to one of the maids of the high priest (Matt, Mark, Luke)
58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priestís palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
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69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
54  And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
...
66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
67  And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.
55  And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56  But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57  And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
15  And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
16  But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
17  Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this manís disciples? He saith, I am not.
In Annas' palace
To the servants and officers
standing & warming themselves (John)

On the porch to manservant shortly after the previous denial  (Lk)

On the porch to women almost 1 hr after previous denial (Mat & Mk)
71  And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
Mr 14:69  And the maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
Mr 14:70  And he denied it again
58  And after a little while another [male] saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
18  And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
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25  And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
3rd denial 
To a relative of the servant whose ear Peter cut off, followed immediately by a rooster crow (John).

Exposed by his Galilean accent
followed immediately by a rooster crowing and Peter's repentance (Matt, Mk, Lk).
73  And after a little while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrays thee.
74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
71  But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
72  And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
59  And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilean.
60  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
26  One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
27  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.


The denials in chronological order 
Matthew 26
Mark 14
Luke 22
John 18
At the door of Annas' palace
To the female doorkeeper
15  And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
16  But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
17  Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this manís disciples? He saith, I am not.
In Annas' palace
To the servants and officers
standing & warming themselves
18  And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
...
25  And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
In the courtyard
sitting by the fire
to one of the maids of the high priest

58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priestís palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
...
69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

54  And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
...
66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
67  And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.
55  And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56  But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57  And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
On the porch
to a male servant of the high priest
followed immediately by a cock crow
71  And when he was gone out into the porch,
And he went out into the porch;







and the cock crew.


58  And after a little while another [male] saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.



26  One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
27  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
Standing on the porch accused by the same maid as in the 3rd denial
another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Mr 14:69  And the maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
Mr 14:70  And he denied it again.
Standing on the porch
exposed by his Galilean accent
followed immediately by a rooster crowing and Peter's repentance
73  And after a little while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrays thee.
74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
71  But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
72  And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
59  And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilean.
60  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
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Jn 18:8   "I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go." 9  This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."
Jn 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Jn 18:10   Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priestís servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servantís name was Malchus.) 11  Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"

Jn 18:12   Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13  and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.

Jn 18:24   So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Matt 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priestís palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Mk 14:53  And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54  And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
Lk 22:54  Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priestís house. And Peter followed afar off.


-copyright Steve Miller 2010
written 12/3/2010