Matthew 26:74
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New International Version
Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed.

King James Bible
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he began to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And immediately [the] cock crew.

World English Bible
Then he began to curse and to swear, "I don't know the man!" Immediately the rooster crowed.

Young's Literal Translation
Then began he to anathematise, and to swear -- 'I have not known the man;' and immediately did a cock crow,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Then began he to curse and to swear - Rather, Then he began positively to affirm - καταθεματιζειν, from κατα intensive, and τιθημι, I lay down, place, affirm. But the common reading is καταναθεματιζειν, which signifies to wish curses on himself. The former reading is supported by almost every MS. of value, and is, beyond dispute, the true reading, and has been received by Griesbach into the text. The business is bad enough, but the common reading makes it worse. In Matthew 26:72, Peter is said to deny with an oath; here, he positively affirms and swears, probably by the name of God, for this is the import of the word ομνυειν. This makes the fourth and final gradation in the climax of Peter's fall. From these awful beginnings it is not unfair to conclude that Peter might have gone almost as far as Judas himself, had not the traitorous business been effected before. Yet all this evil sprung simply from the fear of man. How many denials of Christ and his truth have sprung since, from the same cause!

The cock crew - This animal becomes, in the hand of God, the instrument of awaking the fallen apostle, at last, to a sense of his fall, danger, and duty. When abandoned of God, the smallest thing may become the occasion of a fall; and, when in the hand of God, the smallest matter may become the instrument of our restoration. Let us never think lightly of what are termed little sins: the smallest one has the seed of eternal ruin in it. Let us never think contemptibly of the feeblest means of grace: each may have the seed of eternal salvation in it. Let us ever remember that the great Apostle Peter fell through fear of a servant maid, and rose through the crowing of a cock.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Judges 17:2 And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you, about which you cursed...

Judges 21:18 However, we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying...

1 Samuel 14:24-28 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying...

Mark 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom you speak.

Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.


Matthew 10:28,32,33 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul...

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.


Mark 14:30,68,72 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, you shall deny me thrice...

Luke 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what you say. And immediately, while he yet spoke, the cock crew.

John 18:27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.

January 9. "Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt" (Matt. xxvi. 39).
"Not as I will, but as Thou wilt" (Matt. xxvi. 39). "To will and do of His good pleasure" (Phil. ii. 13). There are two attitudes in which our will should be given to God. First. We should have the surrendered will. This is where we must all begin, by yielding up to God our natural will, and having Him possess it. But next, He wants us to have the victorious will. As soon as He receives our will in honest surrender, He wants to put His will into it and make it stronger than ever for Him. It is henceforth
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'Until that Day'
'I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.'--MATT. xxvi. 29. This remarkable saying of our Lord's is recorded in all of the accounts of the institution of the Lord's Supper. The thought embodied in it ought to be present in the minds of all who partake of that rite. It converts what is primarily a memorial into a prophecy. It bids us hope as well as, and because we, remember. The light behind us is cast forward on to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Power of Prayer in Relation to Outward Circumstances.
TEXT: MATT. xxvi. 36-46. TO be a religious man and to pray are really one and the same thing. To join the thought of God with every thought of any importance that occurs to us; in all our admiration of external nature, to regard it as the work of His wisdom; to take counsel with God about all our plans, that we may be able to carry them out in His name; and even in our most mirthful hours to remember His all-seeing eye; this is the prayer without ceasing to which we are called, and which is really
Friedrich Schleiermacher—Selected Sermons of Schleiermacher

An Awful Contrast
"Then did they spit in his face."--Matthew 26:67. "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away."--Revelation 20:11. GUIDED BY OUR TEXT in Matthew's Gospel, let us first go in thought to the palace of Caiaphas the high priest, and there let us, in deepest sorrow, realize the meaning of these terrible words: "Then did they spit in his face." There is more of deep and awful thunder in them than in the bolt that bursts overhead, there is
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 42: 1896

Cross References
Matthew 26:34
"Truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."

Matthew 26:73
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away."

Matthew 26:75
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

John 18:27
Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

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