||The various accounts
of the denial of Peter "three times before cockrow"
differ a little; but the setting is vivid. The courtyard of
the palace of the high priest, at three o'clock in the morning,
which was the time of the trumpet call for the Roman changing
of the guard, ringing out through Jerusalem - called "cockrow".
The fire in the brazier, as it was cold. Servants of the Sanhedrin
and hanger on gossiping to pass the time, as the trial took
place indoors, while Peter as an outsider, could not desert