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• the hall, and were sat down together, Peter sat .' down among them. But a certain maid beheld s him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked • upon him, and said, This man was also with

him. And he denied him saying, Woman, I "know him nót. And after a little while another • saw him and said, Thou art also of them; and * Peter said, Man, I ain not. (This reply surely ' was not made to a maid.) And about the space

of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, " saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him, 5 for he is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I s know not what thou fayeft. And immediately • while he yet fpake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter. (By this it o appears they were in the same room. No men. stion is made of the porch, Peter's oaths, or that. - the cock crew more than once.) And Peter ré

membered the word of the Lord, how he had

faid unto him, Before the cock crow thou shalt - deny me thrice, And Peter went out and wept

bitterly.' We will now examine John's record of this matter. He gives us an account of Peter's introduction, ch. xviii. v. 15. ? And Simon Peter

followed Jefus, 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 L 4

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" that kept the door, and brought in Peter. • (This other disciple probably was Judas ; who,

traitor as he was, introduced Peter, that he I might have an opportunity, which otherwise he

might not, of disgracing himself.) Then faith • the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art

not thou also one of this man's disciples? (Also, • seems to imply, that she, as well as her master, I knew the other to be so, And if that other

was not Judas, why did Peter suppose himself

in greater danger, and endeavour to prevent a • discovery by the odious means of lies, oaths,

and curses?) He faith, I am not. And the ser

vants and officers stood there, who had made a ' fire of coals, for it was cold, and they warmed

themselves. And Peter stood with them, and • warmed himself.' Here John goes on with the examination of Jesus, and at the 25th verse resumes St. Peter's story~ And Simon Peter stood

and warmed himself: and they said therefore 6 unto him, Art not thou also one of his disci• ples? He denied it, (no oath) and said, I am 'not. One of the servants of the high priest's, being kinsman to him whose ear Peter had cut off, faith, Did I not see thee in the garden with

him? Peter then denied again, (no cursing or : swearing) and immediately the cock crew.' Here St. John ends St. Peter's story without any comment. He neither mentions Jesus looking upon Peter, at this critical juncture : Peter's re

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collection of the prophecy, or his contrition upon Chapter Verso seeing or hearing it thus fulfilled. In this story it is observable that Mark is the only historian who tell us that Jesus said to Peter-Before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice : and he, in conformity to this prophecy, assures us the cock did crow twice. Matthew says the prediction was this night before the cock crow, thou

fhalt deny me thrice. Luke in strong unequivocal terms, says the cock shall not crow this s day, before thou shalt thrice deny that thou - knoweft me.' If St. Mark miftook the prophecy; was his accomplishment of it, mistake, or design?

We will now proceed with St. Matthew's account of the second examination. When the xxvii. I 6 morning was come, all the chief priests and • elders of the people took council against Jesus

to put him to death. And when they had • bound him they led him away to Pontius Pi• late the (Roman) governor. (Here the narra

tive is interrupted and the story of Judas con'cluded in an improper place.) Then Judas • which had betrayed him, when he saw that he • was condemned, repented himself, and brought • again the thirty pieces of filver to the chief • priests and elders saying, I have finned in that I " have betrayed the innocent blood. (Query, was • this betraying confined merely to the discovery

of his perfon, or did it extend to his doctrine,

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Chapter Verse' &c.) And they faid, What is that to us ? fee xxvii. 'thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver

in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged 6 himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces,

and said, it is not lawful to put them into the • treasury, because it is the price of blood. And

they took council, and bought with them the PotS ter's Field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore

" that field was called the Field of Blood unto o this day.' And in this, Matthew adds—Was

fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah. This pro-
'phecy, if it may be so called, is taken from Za-
chariah ch. xi, v. 12. And this story of Judas's
repentance, &c. is not recorded by Mark, Luke,
-or John. But in the Acts of the Apostles, wrote
by Luke, we are told part of this story, in a
very different way. He says-that soon after the
ascension ; the eleven being assembled together
with the mother and brethren of Jesus, the women
and others, about one hundred and twenty. Peter
stood up in the midst and addressed them thus-
? Men and brethren, this scripture must needs
have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost, by

the mouth of David, spakė before concerning .Judas, which was guide to them that took Je

sus. For he was numbered with us and had ! obtained part of this ministry. Now this man ? purchased a field with the reward of iniquity : ! and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gufhed out. And it was known

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to all the dwellers at Jerusalem, infomuch that ? the field is called in their proper tongue Acel• dama, that is to say, the Field of Blood.' For it is written in the Book of Psalms. Let his “ habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell

therein. And his bilhoprick let another take.' Picked out of different Psalms, without any connection; and though it may be difficult to make out the accomplishment of the first part; St. Peter removed every difficulty with respect to the latter, by proceeding immediately to the election.) In this story, how are we to account for the material difference between Matthew and Luke? The former says that when Judas found they had condemned Jesus, he not only repented that he had betrayed him, but brought again the money for which he did it, threw it down in the temple before the chief priests, declared his sense of the crime, departed thence, and hanged himself. Upon which, the chief priests, knowing that as this money was the price of blood, it was not lawful to put it into the treasury : applied it for the purchase of the Potter's Field. Now in Luke's account, we have not the least intimation of Judas's repentance, or of his returning the money : on the contrary, it is said, that with the said money he himself purchased the field : and adds the catastrophe-Not that he went and banged bimself, but that--be fell beadlong, burft afunder in the midt; and all bis-bowels gushed out. This

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