Matthew 26:69-75, 27:1-10
Peter Says He Does Not Know Jesus
69Peter was sitting out in the courtyard. A female servant came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said.
70But in front of all of them, Peter said he was not. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said.
71Then he went out to the gate leading into the courtyard. There another woman saw him. She said to the people, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."
72Again he said he was not. With an oath he said, "I don't know the man!"
73After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter. "You must be one of them," they said. "The way you talk gives you away."
74Then Peter began to call down curses on himself. He took an oath and said to them, "I don't know the man!"
Right away a rooster crowed. 75Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said. "The rooster will crow," Jesus had told him. "Before it does, you will say three times that you don't know me." Peter went outside. He broke down and sobbed.
Judas Hangs Himself
1It was early in the morning. All the chief priests and the elders of the people decided to put Jesus to death.2They tied him up and led him away. Then they handed him over to Pilate, who was the governor.
3Judas, who had handed him over, saw that Jesus had been sentenced to die. He felt deep shame and sadness for what he had done. So he returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4"I have sinned," he said. "I handed over a man who is not guilty."
"What do we care?" they replied. "That's your problem."
5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6The chief priests picked up the coins. They said, "It's against the law to put this money into the temple fund. It is blood money. It has paid for a man's death." 7So they decided to use the money to buy a potter's field. People from other countries would be buried there. 8That is why it has been called The Field of Blood to this very day. 9Then the words spoken by Jeremiah the prophet came true. He had said, "They took the 30 silver coins. That price was set for him by the people of Israel. 10They used the coins to buy a potter's field, just as the Lord commanded me." (Zechariah 11:12,13; Jeremiah 19:1-13; 32:6-9)
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