Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMark 14:54
- Peter had followed him afar off (Ho Petrov apo makroten hkolouthsen autwi).
- Here Mark uses the constative aorist (hkolouthsen) where Matthew 26:58, and Luke 22:54 have the picturesque imperfect (hkoloutei), was following. Possibly Mark did not care to dwell on the picture of Peter furtively following at a distance, not bold enough to take an open stand with Christ as the Beloved Disciple did, and yet unable to remain away with the other disciples.
- Was sitting with (hn sunkathmenov).
- Periphrastic imperfect middle, picturing Peter making himself at home with the officers (uphretwn), under rowers, literally, then servants of any kind. John 18:25 describes Peter as standing (estwv). Probably he did now one, now the other, in his restless weary mood.
- Warming himself in the light (termainomenov prwv to pwv).
- Direct middle. Fire has light as well as heat and it shone in Peter's face. He was not hidden as much as he supposed he was.