John 18:6
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New International Version
When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.

New Living Translation
As Jesus said "I Am he," they all drew back and fell to the ground!

English Standard Version
When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.

King James Bible
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He told them, "I am He," they stepped back and fell to the ground.

International Standard Version
When Jesus told them, "I AM," they backed away and fell to the ground.

NET Bible
So when Jesus said to them, "I am he," they retreated and fell to the ground.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD”, they went backward and fell to the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus told them, "I am he," the crowd backed away and fell to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he said unto them, I AM, they went backward and fell to the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

American King James Version
As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

American Standard Version
When therefore he said unto them, I am he , they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As soon therefore as he had said to them: I am he; they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
When therefore he said to them, I am [he], they went away backward and fell to the ground.

English Revised Version
When therefore he said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Weymouth New Testament
As soon then as He said to them, "I am he," they went backwards and fell to the ground.

World English Bible
When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
when, therefore, he said to them -- 'I am he,' they went away backward, and fell to the ground.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-12 Sin began in the garden of Eden, there the curse was pronounced, there the Redeemer was promised; and in a garden that promised Seed entered into conflict with the old serpent. Christ was buried also in a garden. Let us, when we walk in our gardens, take occasion from thence to mediate on Christ's sufferings in a garden. Our Lord Jesus, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth and asked, Whom seek ye? When the people would have forced him to a crown, he withdrew, ch.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As soon then as he had said unto them I am he,.... Immediately upon his speaking these words, which were delivered with so much majesty and authority, and were attended with such a divine power:

they went backward, and fell to the ground; they were confounded, surprised, and intimidated, and seemed as if they would have chose rather to have fled from him, than to have apprehended him; and as they retired and went backward, they fainted away, as it were, either at the majesty of his looks, or at the power of his words, or both, so that they became like ad men, falling to the ground. Sometimes the majesty of a man's person, or his fame for some remarkable things done by him, or the innocence and uprightness of his cause, have had such an influence upon his enemies, that they have not been able to execute upon him what they intended. It is reported of Caius Maxius that being reduced to the utmost misery, and shut up in a private house at Minturnae, (a town in Italy,) an executioner was sent to kill him; and though he was an old man, and unarmed, and in the most miserable condition, yet the executioner having drawn his sword, could not attempt to use it; but, as the historian (y) says, being struck with blindness at the glory of the man, ran away astonished and trembling. Now, besides the above things, in their highest perfection, there was in our Lord something more than human; he was God as well as man, and he displayed his divine majesty, glory, and power. This was done, not to make his escape from them; but to give proof of his deity, and a specimen of his power at the great day; and to let them know, that if he had not thought fit to have surrendered himself voluntarily to them, though he was an unarmed person, they, with all their men and arms, could never have laid hold on him; and to show them, that he could as easily have struck them dead, as to cause them to fall to the ground: and sometimes striking a person dead immediately, is expressed by this phrase of striking to the ground; and is ascribed to God, who does it by the ministry of angels: says R. Simeon ben Shetach (z), to some persons at variance,

"let the master of thoughts come, (i.e. the blessed God,) and take vengeance on you; immediately Gabriel came, , "and smote them to the ground"; and they died immediately.''

The like is elsewhere said (a),

"if thou transgresseth thy father's command, immediately comes Gabriel, and "smites to the ground".''

(y) Valerius Maxim. l. 2. c. 5. (z) F. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 19. 2.((a) Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 91. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. As soon then as he said unto them, I am He, they went backward—recoiled.

and fell to the ground—struck down by a power such as that which smote Saul of Tarsus and his companions to the earth (Ac 26:14). It was the glorious effulgence of the majesty of Christ which overpowered them. "This, occurring before His surrender, would show His power over His enemies, and so the freedom with which He gave Himself up" [Meyer].

John 18:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest
5They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. 7Therefore He again asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene."…
Cross References
John 18:5
"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)

John 18:7
Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" "Jesus of Nazareth," they said.
Treasury of Scripture

As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

they went. Doubtless by the interposition of Divine power; and it was thus shown that Jesus voluntarily resigned himself into their hands.

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Psalm 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

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