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Matthew 26:74

    Matthew 26:74 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then with curses and oaths he said, I have no knowledge of the man. And straight away there came the cry of a cock.

    Webster's Revision

    Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew.

    World English Bible

    Then he began to curse and to swear, "I don't know the man!" Immediately the rooster crowed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:74

    Then began he to curse and to swear - Rather, Then he began positively to affirm - καταθεματιζειν, from κατα intensive, and τιθημι, I lay down, place, affirm. But the common reading is καταναθεματιζειν, which signifies to wish curses on himself. The former reading is supported by almost every MS. of value, and is, beyond dispute, the true reading, and has been received by Griesbach into the text. The business is bad enough, but the common reading makes it worse. In Matthew 26:72, Peter is said to deny with an oath; here, he positively affirms and swears, probably by the name of God, for this is the import of the word ομνυειν. This makes the fourth and final gradation in the climax of Peter's fall. From these awful beginnings it is not unfair to conclude that Peter might have gone almost as far as Judas himself, had not the traitorous business been effected before. Yet all this evil sprung simply from the fear of man. How many denials of Christ and his truth have sprung since, from the same cause!

    The cock crew - This animal becomes, in the hand of God, the instrument of awaking the fallen apostle, at last, to a sense of his fall, danger, and duty. When abandoned of God, the smallest thing may become the occasion of a fall; and, when in the hand of God, the smallest matter may become the instrument of our restoration. Let us never think lightly of what are termed little sins: the smallest one has the seed of eternal ruin in it. Let us never think contemptibly of the feeblest means of grace: each may have the seed of eternal salvation in it. Let us ever remember that the great Apostle Peter fell through fear of a servant maid, and rose through the crowing of a cock.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:74

    Then began he to curse ... - Peter was now irritated beyond endurance. He could no longer resist the evidence that he was known. It had been repeatedly charged on him. His language had betrayed him, and there was a positive witness who had seen him. He felt it necessary, therefore, to be still more decided, and he accordingly added to the sin of denying his Lord the deep aggravation of profane cursing and swearing, affirming what he must have known was false, that he knew not the man. Immediately then the cock crew - that is, the second crowing, or not far from three in the morning.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 26:74

    26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear - Having now quite lost the reins, the government of himself.