Luke 22:53
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New International Version
Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour--when darkness reigns."

New Living Translation
Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns."

English Standard Version
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Berean Study Bible
Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on Me. But this hour belongs to you and to the power of darkness."

Berean Literal Bible
Every day of Me being with you in the temple, you did not stretch out the hands against Me; but this is your hour, and the power of the darkness."

New American Standard Bible
"While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours."

King James Bible
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour--and the dominion of darkness."

International Standard Version
While I was with you day after day in the Temple, you didn't lay a hand on me. But this is your hour, when darkness reigns!"

NET Bible
Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!"

New Heart English Bible
When I was with you in the temple daily, you did not stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I was with you every day in The Temple and you did not stretch forth your hands against me, but this is your hour and of the Prince of Darkness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was with you in the temple courtyard every day and you didn't try to arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules."

New American Standard 1977
“While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me; but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

American King James Version
When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

American Standard Version
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched not forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
When I was day by day with you in the temple ye did not stretch out your hands against me; but this is your hour and the power of darkness.

English Revised Version
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched not forth your hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Weymouth New Testament
While day after day I was with you in the Temple, you did not lay hands upon me; but to you belongs this hour--and the power of darkness."

World English Bible
When I was with you in the temple daily, you didn't stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

Young's Literal Translation
while daily I was with you in the temple, ye did stretch forth no hands against me; but this is your hour and the power of the darkness.'
Study Bible
The Betrayal of Jesus
52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple officers, and elders who had come for Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against an outlaw? 53Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on Me. But this hour belongs to you and to the power of darkness.” 54Then they seized Jesus, led Him away, and took Him into the house of the high priest. And Peter followed at a distance.…
Cross References
Luke 22:52
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple officers, and elders who had come for Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against an outlaw?

Luke 22:54
Then they seized Jesus, led Him away, and took Him into the house of the high priest. And Peter followed at a distance.

John 13:30
As soon as he had received the piece of bread, Judas went out into the night.
Treasury of Scripture

When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

I was.

Luke 21:37,38 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out…

Matthew 21:12-15,23,45,46 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that …

John 7:25,26,30,45 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill…

but.

Judges 16:21-30 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him …

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

John 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from …

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

the power.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

Revelation 12:9-12 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

(53) This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--The words are peculiar to St. Luke in this connection, but they present a point of coincidence, (1) as regards the phrase, with St. Paul (Colossians 1:13); and (2) as regards the thought, with St. John (John 14:30). In identifying the power that worked through human instruments against Him with darkness, our Lord virtually claims to be Himself the Light (John 8:12).

Verse 53. - When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. These words of the Lord may signify, "It was from a cowardly fear of the people whom you felt were my friends that you did not dare to arrest me in the full light of day." But it is better to take the last clause as possessing a deeper meaning: "I have often been in your power before, when, without concealment, I taught publicly in that sacred house where you are the appointed guardians; you never dared to lay hands on me then. But this, I know, is your hour, the moment God has given up to you to effect this sad triumph, and this (i.e. the power by which you work) is the power or' darkness (i.e. the power of the spirit of darkness)." When I was daily with you in the temple,.... As he had been for some days past, teaching the people, and disputing with them, the chief priests, &c.

ye stretched forth no hands against me; to lay hold upon him, and kill him; the reason was, because his time was not come, and they had no licence or permission to hurt him, or any power given them against him from above:

but this is your hour; the time was now come for the betraying of him by Judas; for the seizing and apprehending him by the Roman soldiers and officers; and for the delivery of him into the hands of the "chief" priests and elders; and for them to insult, mock, buffet, scourge him, and spit upon him: and for the crucifixion of him, and putting him to death: the hour fixed for this was now come; it was now, and not before, and therefore they could not lay hold on him, and do to him what they listed, but now they might; yet this was but an hour, a short time that they had to triumph over him, in Caiaphas's palace, and Pilate's hall, upon the cross, and in the grave; for on the third day he arose again, notwithstanding all the precautions they took, and is ascended to heaven, and is received there, and is out of their reach: and since then, it has been his hour to take vengeance on them; on their nation, city, and temple, for their disbelief, rejection, and ill usage of him; and it will be likewise his hour at the day of judgment, when they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and mourn; and hide their faces from him, and call to the mountains to cover them, and when they will be punished with everlasting destruction from his presence: he adds,

and the power of darkness. The Persic version reads, "the power of your darkness"; that is, either the power granted to them, who were darkness itself, born and brought up in darkness; were walking in darkness, and in the ignorance of their minds; and did works of darkness, and shunned the light, because their deeds were evil; and for which reason they now chose the night, to execute their black designs upon Christ: or rather, the power of the prince of darkness is here meant; that power which he usurped, and was now permitted him to exercise against Christ: and so the Ethiopic version renders it, "the power of the lord of darkness"; who was, once an angel of light, but now full of darkness, and who darkens the minds of men, and for whom blackness of darkness is reserved: the Jews were used to call the evil angels by this name; for so they say (i),

"the destroying angels are called, , "darkness, and thick darkness".''

The sense of the whole passage is, that now was the time come, that Christ should be delivered up into the hands of wicked men and devils; that the former should have him in their power, and triumph over him for a season; and that hell was now let loose, and all the infernal powers were about him, throwing their poisoned arrows and fiery darts at him; all which Christ endured, to deliver his people from the present evil world, from the wrath of God, the curses of the law, and from the power of darkness.

(i) Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Lev. fol. 37. 2.22:47-53 Nothing can be a greater affront or grief to the Lord Jesus, than to be betrayed by those who profess to be his followers, and say that they love him. Many instances there are, of Christ's being betrayed by those who, under the form of godliness, fight against the power of it. Jesus here gave an illustrious example of his own rule of doing good to those that hate us, as afterwards he did of praying for those that despitefully use us. Corrupt nature warps our conduct to extremes; we should seek for the Lord's direction before we act in difficult circumstances. Christ was willing to wait for his triumphs till his warfare was accomplished, and we must be so too. But the hour and the power of darkness were short, and such the triumphs of the wicked always will be.
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