How Many Times Did the Cock Crow & When Did Peter Deny?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

 How many times did the cock crow and when did Peter deny?

Mark 14:30 & 72

30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Matthew 26:74-75

74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

 Luke 22:60-61

60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

 John 13:38 & 18:27

13:38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

18:27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.


   The skeptic tries to make it appear that Mark says the cock has to crow twice while the other gospels maintain it happens after the cock crows the first time. That is not what is said in Mark. Jesus says before the cock crows twice. Whether that happened before or after the first cock crow, or as it was tuning up for the second, it still fits in the timeline. So that point, is no point at all. What is truly interesting is Jesus actually is recorded in Mark showing mercy in the fact that He was letting Peter know He would have a chance to change. How? In Mark, where he records the cock crowing twice, the first time should have been a shot fired over the bow for Peter, yet he did not heed the warning. Jesus was still showing compassion and mercy! How awesome is that?

   But there is also another point to look at here. Hebrews divided the night into four watches:

1, The “beginning of the watches” or “even” as found in Lamentations 2:19

2, The “middle watch” or “midnight” as found in Judges 7:19

3, The “cock-crowing;” as shown in Mark 13:35

4, The “morning watch” or “dawning” As found in Exodus 14:24

    What does this mean? Well since roosters crow all through the night at times, it is a specific part of the night that was referred to. Peter didn’t have to guess at all as to when it would be; he knew what watch the cock-crowing was! Jesus was quite specific, and as I already pointed, gave him a warning.


In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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