720. Peter in the Palace

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Matthew 26:69. Peter sat without in the palace.
See also Mark 14:66; Luke 22:55; John 18:16,18.
The meaning of this is that Peter was in the court of the palace, around which the house itself was built, but yet outside of the rooms. See note on Esther 1:5 (#387), and the engraving accompanying it. In this open court a fire was made, and here Peter was warming himself. Mark says that “Peter was beneath in the palace.” The room in which the trial was held was probably a few steps above the court, opening into it, and separated from it by a railing and pillars. Thus Peter was in the palace, to which John plainly tells us he had been admitted, and yet, at the same time, he was “without” and “beneath.”