Matthew 26:48
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New International Version
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."

New Living Translation
The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss."

English Standard Version
Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.”

Berean Study Bible
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest Him."

Berean Literal Bible
And the one betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I shall kiss, it is He; seize Him."

New American Standard Bible
Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him."

King James Bible
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His betrayer had given them a sign: "The One I kiss, He's the One; arrest Him!"

International Standard Version
Now the betrayer personally had given them a signal, saying, "The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him."

NET Bible
(Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him!")

New Heart English Bible
Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yehuda the traitor had given them a sign, and he had said, “Him whom I shall kiss is the one; seize him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, the traitor had given them a signal. He said, "The one I kiss is the man you want. Arrest him!"

New American Standard 1977
Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss, He is the one; seize Him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast.

King James 2000 Bible
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

American King James Version
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

American Standard Version
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, hold him fast.

Darby Bible Translation
Now he that delivered him up had given them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, he it is: seize him.

English Revised Version
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast.

Weymouth New Testament
Now the betrayer had agreed upon a sign with them, to direct them. He had said, "The one whom I kiss is the man: lay hold of him."

World English Bible
Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him."

Young's Literal Translation
And he who did deliver him up did give them a sign, saying, 'Whomsoever I will kiss, it is he: lay hold on him;'
Study Bible
The Betrayal of Jesus
47While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest Him.” 49Going directly to Jesus, he said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed Him.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:47
While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Matthew 26:49
Going directly to Jesus, he said, "Greetings, Rabbi," and kissed Him.

Mark 14:44
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The One I kiss is the man; arrest Him and lead Him away securely."
Treasury of Scripture

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

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(48) Whomsoever I shall kiss.--It is probable, from the known customs (1) of the Jews and (2) of the early Christians (Romans 16:16; 1Thessalonians 5:26) that this was the usual salutation of the disciples to their Master. St. John, it may be noted, makes no mention of the sign; probably because here, as elsewhere, he seeks to give touches that others had passed over, rather than to repeat what the oral or written teaching of the Church had already made familiar.

Verse 48 - A sign. As they approached, Judas gave them a sign which would point out the person whom they were to seize. Probably these did not know Jesus by sight; at any rate, amid the crowd he might easily escape detection; it was also night, and even the Paschal moon might not enable the guards to distinguish faces under the shade of the dark olive grove. Whomsoever I shall kiss. In the East such salutation was common among friends, masters, and pupils; and it would awaken no surprise to see Judas thus salute his Teacher. Perhaps he desired to save appearances in the eyes of his fellow disciples. We marvel at the audacity and obduracy of one who could employ this mark of affection and respect to signal an act of the blackest treachery. That same is he whom you have to arrest. Hold him fast. As if he feared an attempt at rescue, or that Jesus might, as before (Luke 4:30; John 8:59), use his miraculous power to effect his escape. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign,.... By which it might be known who he was; for it being night, though they had lanterns and torches, as John says, John 18:3, yet Judas himself might not be able to discern, him, so as to point him out, until he came very near him: moreover, Christ and his apostles might be clothed alike, so that a mistake might be easily made, and one of them be took for him: and so the Jews say (l), that the two thousand men, they pretend were with him, were clothed with the same apparel; which story may take its rise from hence: add to this, that James, the son of Alphaeus, called the brother of our Lord, is reported to be very like unto him. Besides, it is very likely that the Roman soldiers, who were to be the principal persons in apprehending, binding, and carrying him away, might never have seen him, and so could not know him without some sign was given them; and which Judas gave them before he came out with them: and is as follows:

saying, whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he, hold him fast. Judas might the rather pitch upon this to be the sign, partly because it might be what had been usual with the disciples, when they had been at any time absent from Christ, and which he admitted of; and partly because he might think this would best cover his treacherous designs, who, with all his wickedness, had not effrontery enough to come sword in hand and seize him in a violent manner, and besides, might not judge such a method advisable, had he impudence enough to prosecute it, lest this should put Jesus upon taking some measures to make his escape. The reason of his advice, "hold him fast", was, because he knew that once and again, when attempts were made to seize him, he easily disengaged himself, passed through the midst, and went his way; see Luke 4:30.

John 10:39; and therefore gave them this caution, and strict charge, lest, should he slip from them, he should lose his money he had agreed with the chief priests for; or to let them know, that when he was in their hands, he had made good his agreement, and should expect his money: and that it lay upon them then to take care of him, and bring him before the sanhedrim. The account the Jews themselves give of the directions of Judas, is not very much unlike this; who represent him advising in this manner, only as on the day before:

"gird yourselves ready about this time tomorrow, and the man whom shall worship and bow to, the same is he; behave yourselves like men of war, fight against his company, and lay hold on him (m).

(l) Toldos Jesu, p. 16. (m) Ib. 26:47-56 No enemies are so much to be abhorred as those professed disciples that betray Christ with a kiss. God has no need of our services, much less of our sins, to bring about his purposes. Though Christ was crucified through weakness, it was voluntary weakness; he submitted to death. If he had not been willing to suffer, they could not conquer him. It was a great sin for those who had left all to follow Jesus; now to leave him for they knew not what. What folly, for fear of death to flee from Him, whom they knew and acknowledged to be the Fountain of life!
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