Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

Peter in the Palace of the High-Priest

And Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. That disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. And they went in and sat with the servants' to see the end.

And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, they warmed themselves, and Peter stood with them and warmed himself. And as he was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest, and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him and said, "And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth."

But he denied, saying, "Woman, I know him not, neither understand I what thou sayest."

And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and said to them that stood by, "This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth." And he denied again.

And about the space of one hour after, they that stood by said again to Peter, "Surely thou art one of them, for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto."

But he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not this man of whom ye speak." And the second time the cock crew.

And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, "Before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice." And when Peter thought thereon, he went out and wept bitterly.