Matthew 26:21
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New International Version
And while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me."

New Living Translation
While they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."

English Standard Version
And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

Berean Study Bible
And while they were eating, He said to them, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me."

Berean Literal Bible
And as they were eating, He said to them, "Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me."

New American Standard Bible
As they were eating, He said, "Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me."

King James Bible
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While they were eating, He said, "I assure you: One of you will betray Me."

International Standard Version
While they were eating, he said, "I tell all of you with certainty, one of you is going to betray me."

NET Bible
And while they were eating he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."

New Heart English Bible
As they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you that one of you will betray me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as they ate he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, that one of you will betray me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While they were eating, he said, "I can guarantee this truth: One of you is going to betray me."

New American Standard 1977
And as they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as they ate, he said, Verily I say unto you that one of you shall betray me.

King James 2000 Bible
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

American King James Version
And as they did eat, he said, Truly I say to you, that one of you shall betray me.

American Standard Version
and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.

Darby Bible Translation
And as they were eating he said, Verily I say to you, that one of you shall deliver me up.

English Revised Version
and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as they were eating, he said, Verily I say to you, that one of you will betray me.

Weymouth New Testament
and the meal was proceeding, when Jesus said, "In solemn truth I tell you that one of you will betray me."

World English Bible
As they were eating, he said, "Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me."

Young's Literal Translation
and while they are eating, he said, 'Verily I say to you, that one of you shall deliver me up.'
Study Bible
Preparing the Passover
20When evening came, He was reclining with the twelve disciples. 21And while they were eating, He said to them, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me.” 22They were deeply grieved and began to ask Him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?”…
Cross References
Matthew 26:22
They were deeply grieved and began to ask Him one after another, "Surely not I, Lord?"

Luke 22:21
Look! The hand of My betrayer is with Mine on the table.

John 13:18
I am not speaking about all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the Scripture: 'The one who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'

John 13:21
After Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit and testified, "Truly, truly, I tell you, one of you will betray Me."

John 13:22
The disciples began to look at one another, perplexed as to which of them He meant.
Treasury of Scripture

And as they did eat, he said, Truly I say to you, that one of you shall betray me.

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(21) One of you shall betray me.--The words would seem to have been intentionally vague, as if to rouse some of those who heard them to self-questioning. They had not, it is true, shared in the very guilt of the Traitor, but they had yielded to tendencies which they had in common with him, and which were dragging them down to his level. They had joined him in his murmuring (Matthew 26:8), they had been quarrelling, and were about to renew their quarrel, about precedence (Mark 9:34, Luke 22:24). It was well that the abyss should be laid bare before their eyes, and that each should ask himself whether he were indeed on the point of falling into it.

Verse 21. - As they did eat. The details of the Paschal feast are expounded by rabbinical authors, though there is little in St. Matthew's account to lead us to conclude that our Lord observed them on this occasion. The ceremonial usually practised was as follows: The head of the family, sitting in the place of honour, took a cup of wine and water mixed ("the first cup"), pronounced a thanksgiving over it, and, having tasted it, passed it round to the guests; the master washed his hands, the others performing their ablutions at a later part of the service; the dishes were placed on the table; after a special benediction had been spoken over the bitter herbs, the master and the rest of the company took a bunch of these, dipped it in the appointed sauce, and ate it; an unleavened cake was broken and elevated with a prescribed formula; the second cup was filled, the history of the festival was proclaimed, Psalm 113-118, were recited, and the cup was drunk. Now began the proper Paschal meal with a general washing of hands; the lamb was cut into pieces, anda portion given to each, with a bit of the unleavened bread and bitter herbs dipped in the sauce, called by St. John (John 13:26) "the sop." At the end of the meal, which was supplemented by other viands (which, however, were probably eaten before the lamb), the third cup, named by St. Paul (1 Corinthians 10:16) "the cup of blessing," was drunk, and the solemn grace after meat was uttered. It would be necessary to examine St. John's Gospel to see how the ritual fitted into the actual details of the last Supper; we have to deal with St. Matthew's account. Verily I say unto you. Christ thus prepares the apostles for the incredible statement which he is about to make. One of you; εϊς ἐξ ὑμῶν. One out of your number, my chosen companions. He had before spoken vaguely of his betrayal (see Matthew 17:22; Matthew 20:18; Matthew 26:2). By thus showing his knowledge of the coming treachery, and yet declining to denounce the traitor by name, he may have given Judas a last chance of repentance before the final act. St. Matthew omits the washing of the disciples' feet, and the strife about pre-eminence. And as they did eat,.... The passover lamb, the unleavened bread, and bitter herbs: he said it was usual, whilst they were thus engaged, to discourse much about the reason and design of this institution. What they talked of may be learnt from what follows (y):

"it is an affirmative precept of the law, to declare the signs and wonders which were done to our fathers in Egypt, on the night of the fifteenth of Nisan, according to Exodus 13:3, "remember this day", &c. and from whence on the night of the fifteenth? from Exodus 13:8, "and thou shalt show thy son", &c. at the time that the unleavened bread, and bitter herbs lie before thee. And though he has no son, or though they are wise, and grown up, they are bound to declare the going out of Egypt; and everyone that enlarges, or dwells long on the things that happened and came to pass, lo! he is praiseworthy. It is a command to make known to children, even though they do not ask; as it is said, "and thou shalt show thy son": according to the son's knowledge, his father teaches him; how if he is a little one, or foolish? he says to him, my son, all of us were servants, as this handmaid, or this servant, in Egypt; and on this night the holy, blessed God redeemed us, and brought us into liberty: and if the son is grown up and a wise man, he makes known to him what happened to us in Egypt, and the wonders which were done for us by the hands of Moses, our master; all according to the capacity of the son. And it is necessary to make a repetition on this night, that the children may see, and ask, and say, how different is this night from all other nights? until he replies to them, and says to them, so and so it happened, and thus and thus it was.--If he has no son, his wife asks him; and if he has no wife, they ask one another, how different is this night? and though they are all wise men, everyone asks himself alone, how different is this night? and it is necessary to begin with reproaches, and end with praise, how? he begins and declares, how at first our fathers were in the days of Terah, and before him, deniers (of the divine being), and wandering after vanity, and following idolatrous worship; and he ends with the law of truth, how that God brought us near to himself, and separated us from the nations, and caused us to draw nigh to his unity; and so begins and makes known, that we were servants to Pharaoh in Egypt, and all the evils he recompensed us with; and ends with the signs and wonders which were wrought for us, and with our liberties: and he that expounds from--"a Syrian was my father, ready to perish": till he has finished the whole section: and every one that adds and enlarges in expounding this section, lo! he is praiseworthy. And everyone that does not say these three words on the night of the fifteenth, cannot be excused from blame; and they are these, the passover, the unleavened bread, and the bitter herbs: "the passover", because God passed over the houses of our fathers in Egypt, as it is said, Exodus 12:27, "the bitter herbs", because the Egyptians made bitter the lives of our fathers in Egypt: "the unleavened bread", because they were redeemed: and these things all of them are called the declaration, or showing forth.''

Christ now took up some part of the time, at least, whilst they were eating, in discoursing with his disciples about the traitor:

he said, verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me; meaning to the chief priests and Scribes, who should condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles, to be mocked, scourged, and crucified, as he had told them some time before, Matthew 20:18, though he did not tell them as now, that it should be done by one of them; he had indeed signified as much as this two days before, at the supper in Bethany, but none seemed to understand whom he meant, but Peter and John, and the thing wore off their minds; and therefore he mentions it again to them, with great seriousness, and in the most solemn manner, declaring it as a certain and undoubted truth.

(y) Maimon. ib. c. 7. sect. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Vid. c. 8. 2, 3, 4, 5. & Haggadah Shel. Pesach. p. 5, 6, 7, 8. 26:17-25 Observe, the place for their eating the passover was pointed out by Christ to the disciples. He knows those hidden ones who favour his cause, and will graciously visit all who are willing to receive him. The disciples did as Jesus had appointed. Those who would have Christ's presence in the gospel passover, must do what he says. It well becomes the disciples of Christ always to be jealous over themselves, especially in trying times. We know not how strongly we may be tempted, nor how far God may leave us to ourselves, therefore we have reason not to be high-minded, but to fear. Heart-searching examination and fervent prayer are especially proper before the Lord's supper, that, as Christ our Passover is now sacrificed for us, we may keep this feast, renewing our repentance, our faith in his blood, and surrendering ourselves to his service.
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