Matthew 26:69

ESV Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
NIV Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. 'You also were with Jesus of Galilee,' she said.
NASB Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a slave woman came to him and said, 'You too were with Jesus the Galilean.'
CSB Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl approached him and said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean too."
NLT Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, 'You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.'
KJV Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

What does Matthew 26:69 mean?

As Jesus begins to suffer physical abuse (Matthew 26:67–68), the scene shifts to Peter just outside in the courtyard of the high priest's home (Matthew 26:57). He is in the most dangerous place he could possibly be at this moment. His master has just been condemned to death for blasphemy (Matthew 26:64–66). This is not where Jesus wanted Peter to be (John 18:8), though He has already predicted what will happen (Matthew 26:30–35).

A servant girl approaches Peter with an accusation. She has recognized him. She says that he was with Jesus the Galilean—a connection others will make due to Peter's distinctive regional accent (Matthew 26:73). Peter knows if he acknowledges his connection to Jesus in this moment, he may well be arrested. He could also be tried and suffer the same sentence as the "false Messiah."

Peter, once ready to die with Jesus fighting a group of soldiers at Gethsemane (Matthew 26:51; John 18:10), is now pressured to decide whether to admit his relationship with Jesus to a servant girl.
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