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

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter--this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me."

English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Berean Study Bible
"Truly I tell you," Jesus declared, "this very night before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, during this night, before the rooster crowing, you will deny Me three times."

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."

King James Bible
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I assure you," Jesus said to him, "tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times!""

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "I tell you with certainty, before a rooster crows this very night, you will deny me three times."

NET Bible
Jesus said to him, "I tell you the truth, on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

New Heart English Bible
Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered him and said, “Amen, I say to you that in this night, before a cock will crow three times, you will deny me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied to Peter, "I can guarantee this truth: Before a rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you don't know me."

New American Standard 1977
Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night before the cock crows, thou shalt deny me three times.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, That this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny me three times.

American King James Version
Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this night, before the cock crow, you shall deny me thrice.

American Standard Version
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, that in this night before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus said to him, Verily I say to thee, that during this night, before [the] cock shall crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

English Revised Version
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus said to him, Verily I say to thee, that this night, before the cock shall crow, thou wilt deny me thrice.

Weymouth New Testament
"In solemn truth I tell you," replied Jesus, "that this very night, before the cock crows, you will three times disown me."

World English Bible
Jesus said to him, "Most certainly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus said to him, 'Verily I say to thee, that, this night, before cock-crowing, thrice thou wilt deny me.'
Study Bible
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
33Peter said to Him, “Even if all fall away on account of You, I never will.” 34“Truly I tell you, Jesus declared, “- this very night before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35Peter replied, “Even if I must die with You, I will never deny You.” And the rest of the disciples said the same.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:33
Peter said to Him, "Even if all fall away on account of You, I never will."

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

Mark 14:30
"Truly I tell you," Jesus replied, "this very night before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

Mark 14:72
And just then, the rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And he broke down and wept.

Luke 22:34
But Jesus replied, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me."

Luke 22:61
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times."

John 13:38
"Will you lay down your life for Me?" Jesus replied. "Truly, truly, I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this night, before the cock crow, you shall deny me thrice.

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Mark 14:30,31 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this day, even in …

Luke 22:34 And he said, I tell you, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, …

John 13:38 Jesus answered him, Will you lay down your life for my sake? Truly, …

(34) Thou shalt deny me thrice.--The agreement of all the four Evangelists places the fact of the prediction beyond the shadow of a doubt, and the prevision which it implies is obviously more than a general insight into the instability of the disciple's character, and involves a power essentially superhuman. We must not forget what the disciple could not fail to remember, that to the sin thus foretold was attached the penalty, that he who was guilty of it should be "denied before the angels of God" (Luke 12:9). That was the law of retribution, but as with all such laws, the penalty might be averted by repentance.

Verse 34. - Peter's boast elicits a crushing reply from his Lord, foretelling the special sin of which he would be guilty, and the very time of the night when it should be committed. This night, before the cock crow. The word "cock" is without the article, so the meaning may be "before a cock crow;" i.e. probably before midnight. Cocks were unclean birds, and not kept by strict Jews, and their voice was not much heard in Jerusalem; though it is quite different now, where barn door fowls swarm round every house. One of the night watches, that about 3 a.m., was known as "cock-crow" (see Mark 13:35). Some think this is what is meant here. Thou shalt deny me thrice. What Peter denied was that he knew anything of Christ, or had ever been his follower (see vers. 69-75; Luke 22:34). Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto thee,.... Christ, the more strongly to asseverate what he was about to say, uses the word verily, or prefixes his "Amen" to it, as being a certain truth, and what Peter might assure himself of would certainly come to pass:

that this night before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice; which is, as if he should say, thou wilt not only be offended because of me, and flee from me, and be scattered with the rest, as will be the case of all of you; but thou wilt deny that thou knowest me, that thou belongest to me, or hast any concern with me; and this thou wilt do not only once, but again and again, even three times, one after another, and that this very night, before the cock has done crowing. In Mark it is said, "that this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice",

Mark 14:30; which may be reconciled with the words of Matthew, and the other evangelists, by observing, that the word "twice" is not in Beza's ancient copy, which he gave to the university of Cambridge, nor is it in the Ethiopic version; which if allowed to be the true reading, the difficulty is removed at once; but whereas it is in other copies, no stress must be laid on this, nor is there any need of it: for whereas the cock crows twice in the night, once at midnight, and again near break of day; and which latter crowing being louder, and more welcome, and most taken notice of, is, by way of eminence, called the cock crowing; and is what Matthew here has respect to, and so designs the same as Mark does; and the sense of both is, that before the cock crow a second time, which is most properly the cock crowing, Peter should three times deny his master, as he did; see Mark 13:35, where cock crowing is distinguished from midnight, the first time the cock crows, and means the second time of crowing; and where Mark is to be understood in the same sense as Matthew, and both entirely agree. So cock crowing and midnight are distinguished by the Jews, who say (b),

"that on all other days they remove the ashes from the altar, , "at cock crowing", or near unto it, whether before or after; but on the day of atonement,

"at midnight":

and who also speak of the cocks crowing a first and second, and even a third time (c),

"Says R. Shila, he that begins his journey before cock crowing, his blood be upon his head. R. Josiah says, he may not proceed , "until he repeats"; that is, until he crows twice: and there are, who say, until he trebles it, or crows a third time: of what do they speak? of a middling one, i.e. which neither crows too soon, nor too late.

(b) Misn. Yoma, c. 1. sect. 8. (c) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 21. 1.26:31-35 Improper self-confidence, like that of Peter, is the first step to a fall. There is a proneness in all of us to be over-confident. But those fall soonest and foulest, who are the most confident in themselves. Those are least safe, who think themselves most secure. Satan is active to lead such astray; they are most off their guard: God leaves them to themselves, to humble them.
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