Then began he to anathematise, and to swear -- 'I have not known the man;' and immediately did a cock crow,
Matthew 26:74 Additional TranslationsClarke'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.
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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.
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