What a sad few verses. The bravado of Peter and the others is short-lived as they not only flee, but as Peter denies Jesus. It would almost be comical if not so tragic. Everyone was either a regular employee of the priest or there to hear the trial of Jesus. Since Peter wasn't regular, there was really no denying he was there with Jesus.
The false witnesses couldn't agree, but when confronted with the truth they all called it blasphemy because they had already decided it wasn't true. That is a serious mistake.
I hate the spitting part!