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

John 18:18, NIV: It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

John 18:18, ESV: Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

John 18:18, KJV: 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.

John 18:18, NASB: Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.

John 18:18, NLT: Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

John 18:18, CSB: Now the servants and the officials had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold. They were standing there warming themselves, and Peter was standing with them, warming himself.

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

Peter and John have followed the band of men who arrested Jesus (John 18:15–17). They gained access to the courtyard through John's connections with the high priest's family. They're attempting to keep a low profile, however, so they are not themselves arrested (Matthew 26:58). At least one person has already been suspicious of Peter, either recognizing his face or being suspicious of his Galilean accent (Matthew 26:73).

This statement sets up a return to Peter's story later in this passage (John 18:25). If this scene were part of a modern movie, the scene would jump to Jesus' conversation with the priests inside (John 18:19–24) before jumping back to Peter here at the fire (John 18:25).