Matthew 26:73

ESV After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.”
NIV After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, 'Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.'
NASB A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, 'You really are one of them as well, since even the way you talk gives you away.'
CSB After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, "You really are one of them, since even your accent gives you away."
NLT A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, 'You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.'
KJV And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

What does Matthew 26:73 mean?

For the third time, Peter is accused of being a disciple of Jesus. These servants in the courtyard of the high priest's home have called Jesus "the Galilean" and "Jesus of Nazareth." Their association with this just-condemned "false messiah" is that He is from up north in the region of Galilee (Matthew 26:69–72).

As is the case in many nations, people from different parts of Israel had different accents. Those from the metropolis of Jerusalem did not pronounce words exactly as did those from the small towns to the north. Those who had heard Peter accused of being with Jesus, by the servant girls, now approach to say he even sounds like Jesus: "Your accent betrays you."

Morning is close. Jesus told Peter he would deny him three times before the rooster crowed (Matthew 26:30–35). Peter has denied even knowing Jesus twice so far. He's about to make it three.
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