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Matthew 26:58

    Matthew 26:58 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But Peter followed him afar off to the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But Peter went after him at a distance, to the house of the high priest, and went in and took his seat with the servants, to see the end.

    Webster's Revision

    But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end.

    World English Bible

    But Peter followed him from a distance, to the court of the high priest, and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:58

    Peter followed him afar off - Poor Peter! this is the beginning of his dreadful fall. His fear kept him from joining the company, and publicly acknowledging his Lord; and his affection obliged him to follow at a distance that he might see the end.

    And sat with the servants, to see the end - When a man is weak in faith, and can as yet only follow Christ at a distance, he should avoid all dangerous places, and the company of those who are most likely to prove a snare to him. Had not Peter got to the high priest's palace, and sat down with the servants, he would not thus have denied his Lord and Master. Servants-officers, υπηρετων. Such as we term serjeants, constables, etc.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:58

    Peter followed afar off - By this he evinced two things:

    1. Real attachment to his Master; a desire to be near him and to witness his trial.

    2. Fear respecting his personal safety. He therefore kept so far off as to be out of danger, and yet so near as that he might witness the transactions respecting his Master.

    Perhaps he expected to be lost and unobserved in the crowd. Many, in this, imitate Peter. They are afraid to follow the Saviour closely. They fear danger, ridicule, or persecution. They "follow him," but it is at a great distance - so far that it is difficult to discern that they are in the train, and are his friends at all. Religion requires us to be near to Christ. We may measure our piety by our desire to be with him, to be like him, and by our willingness to follow him always - through trials, contempt, persecution, and death. Compare the notes at Philippians 3:10. John says that another disciple went with Peter. By that other disciple it is commonly supposed, as he did not mention his name, that he meant himself. He was acquainted with the high priest, and went immediately into the hall.

    Unto the high priest's palace - The word rendered "palace" means, rather, the hall, or middle court, or "area" of his house. It was situated in the center of the palace, and was commonly uncovered. See the notes and plan of a house in Matthew 9:1-8.

    And went in - John informs us that he did not go immediately in; but the ether disciple, being known to the high priest, went in first, while Peter remained at the gate or entrance. The other disciple then went out and brought in Peter. Matthew, Mark, and Luke have omitted this circumstance. John recorded it, probably, because they had omitted it, and because he was the "other disciple" concerned in it.

    Sat with the servants to see the end - That is, the end of the trial, or to see how it would go with his Master. The other evangelists say that he stood with the servants warming himself. John says, it being cold, they had made a fire of coals and warmed themselves. It was then, probably, not far from midnight. The place where they were was uncovered; and travelers say that, though the "days" are warm in Judea at that season of the year, yet that the nights are often uncomfortably cold. This fire was made "in the hall" (Luke). The fire was not in a "fireplace," as we commonly suppose, but was probably made of "coals" laid on the pavement. At this place and time was Peter's first "denial" of his Lord, as is recorded afterward. See Matthew 26:69.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 26:58

    26:58 But Peter followed him afar off - Variously agitated by conflicting passions; love constrained him to follow his Master; fear made him follow afar off. And going in, sat with the servants - Unfit companions as the event showed.