John 18:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 18:16, NIV: but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

John 18:16, ESV: but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in.

John 18:16, KJV: 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.

John 18:16, NASB: but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in.

John 18:16, NLT: Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in.

John 18:16, CSB: But Peter remained standing outside by the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the girl who was the doorkeeper and brought Peter in.

What does John 18:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John commonly refers to himself in the third person (John 1:35; 13:23–25; 18:15). It's possible that his mother (Matthew 20:20) was Salome (Mark 15:40; 16:1; John 19:25) and the sister of Jesus' mother Mary. Mary was related to the family of priests (Luke 1:13, 36). It's possible that John is an extended relative of the high priest, and known well enough that the gatekeeper let him come into the courtyard.

The phrasing of this verse suggests Peter hesitated while John walked right through. Since they were both there to see what would happen to Jesus, it would make sense for John to go out and bring Peter into the outdoor courtyard.

What happens next is interesting, in that the servant girl questions Peter about his relationship to Jesus, but does not seem to do so with John (John 18:17). Scholars suggest Peter might have had a distinctive accent which suggested he was from Galilee (Matthew 26:73), making the gatekeeper suspicious. She was at least curious enough to ask. Peter's response will be heartbreaking and infamous.