Matthew 26:72
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New International Version
He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!"

New Living Translation
Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. "I don't even know the man," he said.

English Standard Version
And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”

Berean Study Bible
And again he denied it with an oath: "I do not know the man!"

Berean Literal Bible
And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."

New American Standard Bible
And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."

King James Bible
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And again he denied it with an oath, "I don't know the man!"

International Standard Version
Again he denied it and swore with an oath, "I don't know the man!"

NET Bible
He denied it again with an oath, "I do not know the man!"

New Heart English Bible
Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the man.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again Peter denied it and swore with an oath, "I don't know the man!"

New American Standard 1977
And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

King James 2000 Bible
And again he denied it with an oath, I do not know the man.

American King James Version
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

American Standard Version
And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man.

Darby Bible Translation
And again he denied with an oath: I do not know the man.

English Revised Version
And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

Weymouth New Testament
Again he denied it with an oath. "I do not know the man," he said.

World English Bible
Again he denied it with an oath, "I don't know the man."

Young's Literal Translation
and again did he deny with an oath -- 'I have not known the man.'
Study Bible
Peter Denies Jesus
71When Peter had gone out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man!” 73After a little while, those standing nearby came up to Peter. “Surely you are one of them,” they said, “for your accent gives you away.”…
Cross References
Matthew 26:71
When Peter had gone out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."

Matthew 26:73
After a little while, those standing nearby came up to Peter. "Surely you are one of them," they said, "for your accent gives you away."
Treasury of Scripture

And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

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Matthew 5:34-36 But I say to you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne…

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the …

Isaiah 48:1 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Zechariah 5:3,4 Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face …

Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

Acts 5:3,4 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

I do not.

Matthew 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. …

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

(72) With an oath.--The downward step once taken, the disciple's fall was fatally rapid. Forgetful of his Lord's command forbidding any use of oaths in common speech (Matthew 5:34), he did not shrink from invoking the divine name, directly or indirectly, to attest his falsehood.

Verse 72. - With an oath. Assailed on all sides, and fearing that his simple word would not be taken, Peter now to one and all makes a curt denial, accompanying it with an oath. He was thoroughly determined not to compromise himself, and to silence all suspicion. This was the second stage of his fall. I do not know the man. I have no knowledge of this Jesus of whom you are speaking. He calls his beloved Master "the man"! And again he denied with an oath,.... He denied a second time, that he had ever been with Jesus, or was a disciple of his; and to put it out of all doubt, and an end to all dispute about it, and further charge of this kind, as he hoped, he annexed an oath to it: he swore by the God of truth; made a solemn appeal to the omniscient God, the searcher of hearts, that he was so far from being ever with Jesus of Nazareth, or a disciple of his, that, says he,

I do not know the man: meaning not only that he had no personal knowledge of him, or acquaintance with him; but that he had never seen the man in his life, nor did he know what manner of man he was. This, as it was a downright falsehood, it was what he had no need to have said; for there were multitudes that knew Christ in this sense, who never joined with him, or became his disciples. This was so much overdoing it, that it was much it had not given them a suspicion of him. Those that would excuse Peter's sin, by supposing that he meant, that he knew Christ to be God, and did not know him as a mere man, have no foundation for such a supposition; and indeed, such an ambiguous expression, and mental reservation, is no other than dealing fallaciously. Peter knew Christ in every sense; he knew him spiritually, whom to know is life eternal: and he valued the knowledge of him above all things else: he knew him to be God, and the Son of God; he knew him as mediator, and the Saviour of lost sinners; he knew him as man, and had had personal intimacy and conversation with him of a long time, and yet now denies he knew him; and that with an oath, adding perjury to lying; and so it is, that one sin leads on to another. This instance of Peter's shows the wickedness and deceitfulness of man's heart; and what the best of men are, or would be, when left to themselves, and of God: they become like other men, even like the men of the world, whose mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 26:69-75 Peter's sin is truly related, for the Scriptures deal faithfully. Bad company leads to sin: those who needlessly thrust themselves into it, may expect to be tempted and insnared, as Peter. They scarcely can come out of such company without guilt or grief, or both. It is a great fault to be shy of Christ; and to dissemble our knowledge of him, when we are called to own him, is, in effect, to deny him. Peter's sin was aggravated; but he fell into the sin by surprise, not as Judas, with design. But conscience should be to us as the crowing of the cock, to put us in mind of the sins we had forgotten. Peter was thus left to fall, to abate his self-confidence, and render him more modest, humble, compassionate, and useful to others. The event has taught believers many things ever since, and if infidels, Pharisees, and hypocrites stumble at it or abuse it, it is at their peril. Little do we know how we should act in very difficult situations, if we were left to ourselves. Let him, therefore, that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall; let us all distrust our own hearts, and rely wholly on the Lord. Peter wept bitterly. Sorrow for sin must not be slight, but great and deep. Peter, who wept so bitterly for denying Christ, never denied him again, but confessed him often in the face of danger. True repentance for any sin will be shown by the contrary grace and duty; that is a sign of our sorrowing not only bitterly, but sincerely.
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