What does Mark 14:67 mean?
ESV: and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
NIV: When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. 'You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,' she said.
NASB: and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and *said, 'You were with Jesus the Nazarene as well.'
CSB: When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth."
NLT: and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, 'You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth. '
KJV: And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
NKJV: And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Verse Commentary:
John explains the setting with greater detail. Jesus has been arrested and taken to the home of Annas, the former high priest. John follows Jesus and the guards into the courtyard, as he knows the high priest. He then sends a servant girl to bring Peter closer to the proceedings. It is this girl who first asks Peter if he is with Jesus. Peter denies her accusation as he warms himself by a fire, surrounded by the chief priest's servants and guards (John 18:12–18).

While Jesus is on trial before the Sanhedrin, Peter stands trial before servants and soldiers. Jesus gives no defense against the false accusations, fulfilling Scripture (Isaiah 53:7). He merely points out the arresting officials' hypocrisy (Mark 14:48–49) and affirms His identity (Mark 14:61–62). In the courtyard below, Peter won't even admit he's from Galilee (Mark 14:70). Only recently, Jesus had told His disciples to have courage when faced with persecution for His sake, saying, "…do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit" (Mark 13:11). Unfortunately, Peter doesn't yet have the Holy Spirit to guide him (Acts 2:1–4) and, since he didn't use his time in the garden of Gethsemane to strengthen his more human character (Mark 14:32–42), he is entirely powerless against his fear.

John explains that "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). These are probably the same servants and officers who arrested Jesus and brought Him to the high priest's house. Minutes before, in the garden of Gethsemane, Peter had cut off the ear of one of the servants (John 18:10). Although Jesus healed the servant (Luke 22:51), Peter is in a precarious position.
Verse Context:
Mark 14:66–72 occurs while Jesus is in an upper courtyard in the home of high priest. The Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, is trying to find something to charge Jesus with, finally settling on blasphemy (Mark 14:53–64). Having found their charge, they are now free to beat Jesus (Mark 14:65). John is apparently watching (John 18:15). Peter is in a lower courtyard, warming himself by a fire, surrounded by servants and guards who grow increasingly suspicious of his presence and his role in the proceedings. Peter's denial is also found in Matthew 26:69–75, Luke 22:54–62, and John 18:15–18, 25–27.
Chapter Summary:
Jesus is anointed in a symbolic anticipation of His death. Judas decides to secretly cooperate with local religious leaders to arrest Jesus in secret. During the Passover meal, Jesus predicts His betrayal by Judas, and Peter's denial. He also institutes the Lord's Supper, also known as communion. After praying on the Mount of Olives, Jesus is captured when Judas identifies Him to a hostile mob sent by Jewish authorities. He endures a corrupt, prejudiced trial, ending in a conviction for blasphemy. Peter, fearing for his life, lies about knowing Jesus, before remembering Jesus' prediction and breaking down in sobs.
Chapter Context:
Jesus has finished His public teaching ministry and now prepares for the crucifixion. His sacrificial loyalty will provide the means by which the disciples' abandonment will be forgiven. Next, the Romans, as representatives of Gentiles throughout history, will join the Jews and kill Jesus. Jesus will be buried, but He will rise again with the promise that His sacrifice will redeem the world. Matthew 26 and Luke 22 follow Mark 14 more closely while John 13:1—18:27 records more of Jesus' teaching in the upper room.
Book Summary:
The Gospel of Mark emphasizes both Jesus' servanthood and His role as the promised Messiah: the Son of God. This is done through a concise, action-packed style. Mark provides relatively few details, instead focusing on actions and simple statements. This relates to the Gospel's authorship, which is believed to be based on the memories of the apostle Peter. These include many of Jesus' miracles, in contrast to other Gospels which include many more of Jesus' teachings and parables. Mark also makes frequent mention of Jesus' ministry being misunderstood by others.
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