John 18:17, 25-27
The damsel that kept the door (a.k.a. “a damsel,” “one of the maids,” “a certain maid”)
- Another maid (a.k.a. “a maid [that] saw him again”), and she was with a group (“they”). Peter may have responded to a man within the group who followed up with a question of his own when he said, “Man,” or he may have used “man” as a figure of speech in his language, much like we do today in English.
- One of the servants of the high priest (a.k.a. “another”), and he too was with a group (“they that stood by”).
When the Bible says that “they” asked Peter versus a single member of the group asking Peter, this is no contradiction. Groups do not ask people questions in unison: one member from the group asks the question, or a few do one after the other (“Weren’t you with Jesus?” “Yeah, weren’t you?”, etc.).
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