Matthew 26:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 26:35, NIV: But Peter declared, 'Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.' And all the other disciples said the same.

Matthew 26:35, ESV: Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Matthew 26:35, KJV: Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Matthew 26:35, NASB: Peter *said to Him, 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' All the disciples said the same thing as well.

Matthew 26:35, NLT: 'No!' Peter insisted. 'Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!' And all the other disciples vowed the same.

Matthew 26:35, CSB: "Even if I have to die with you," Peter told him, "I will never deny you," and all the disciples said the same thing.

What does Matthew 26:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter is flatly contradicting the words of Jesus. This is remarkable, in that Peter was one of the first to declare Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16). He has been the boldest of all the disciples. He was the one who asked Jesus if He could walk on the water with Him (Matthew 14:28). Peter, though, also became afraid and began to sink (Matthew 14:30). Jesus has said that all the disciples will fall away in fear (Matthew 26:31), something Peter entirely denied.

Then, in a moment that must have been heartbreaking for Peter, Jesus added that not only will Peter fall away, but he will deny Jesus three times (Matthew 26:34). In short, Peter's great faith in his own courage will be revealed to be untrustworthy (Matthew 26:69–75). Faced with immediate danger or death, this very night, Peter will succumb to fear.

Peter still refuses to believe this is possible. He insists that even if it means dying with Jesus, he will never deny Him. Peter demonstrates once more that he is a leader, for good or bad. All the other disciples parrot his claims. They will all soon prove to be wrong (Matthew 26:56). Jesus does not want their self-confidence. They will eventually learn to keep their confidence in Him.