34. Jesus told him, "Amen, I am telling you, that in this night, before the rooster crows three times, you will swear against me."
Peter denies Jesus
Here Jesus' prophetic words acknowledge that indeed, Peter will deny association with Him at the courtyard when He is being held on trial.
How many times did the rooster crow?
There has been significant debate regarding the amount of times the rooster crowed before Peter denied Jesus. The gospels Matthew, Luke and John record it as Peter denying Jesus three times before the rooster crows (Matthew 26:34) while Mark says the rooster crows after Peter’s first denial (Mark 14:72)
Interestingly enough there has been certain text in modern translations of the Bible that are absent or have been altered from the original manuscripts such as the Codex Vaticanus and Syriac Sinaiticus (some of the original biblcial mansucripts). This has lead some scholars to the conclusion that the structure of particular verses in Mark were changed intentionally for various reasons.
Scholars connote that there is no contradiction but perhaps a misunderstanding of the likelihood of possible events surrounding the denial
A cock’s crowing lasted as long as five minutes and occurred at all hours; as Cicero wrote: “Is there any time, night or day, that cocks do not crow?” The “second” cockcrowing was usually associated with the dawn.
Source: Craig S. Keener
There are also many who say there is no legitimate contradiction between the gospels because there are many different possible ways to interpret this verse. Some believe that all gospels were on the same level however Matthew, Luke and John only mentioned the ‘main’ crow.
The first crowing (which only Mark mentioned—14:68) usually occurred between twelve and one o’clock. Relatively few people ever heard or acknowledged this crowing (Fausset’s Bible Dictionary). Likely, Peter never heard it; else surely his slumbering conscience would have awakened.
Source: Eric Lyons
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Matthew 26” by Holy Bible (Ft. Jesus) and leave a comment on the lyrics box