Matthew 26:49
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New International Version
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

New Living Translation
So Judas came straight to Jesus. "Greetings, Rabbi!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.

English Standard Version
And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him.

Berean Study Bible
Going directly to Jesus, he said, "Greetings, Rabbi," and kissed Him.

Berean Literal Bible
And having come up to Jesus immediately, he said, "Greetings, Rabbi," and kissed Him.

New American Standard Bible
Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.

King James Bible
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he went right up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.

International Standard Version
So Judas immediately went up to Jesus and said, "Hello, Rabbi!" and kissed him tenderly.

NET Bible
Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi," and kissed him.

New Heart English Bible
Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Rabbi." and kissed him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And at once, he called Yeshua, and he said, “Shalom, Rabbi”, and he kissed him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Judas quickly stepped up to Jesus and said, "Hello, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

New American Standard 1977
And immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And forthwith he came to Jesus and said, Receive joy, master; and kissed him.

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Teacher; and kissed him.

American King James Version
And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

American Standard Version
And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him.

Darby Bible Translation
And immediately coming up to Jesus he said, Hail, Rabbi, and covered him with kisses.

English Revised Version
And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail Master; and kissed him.

Weymouth New Testament
So he went straight to Jesus and said, "Peace to you, Rabbi!" And he kissed Him eagerly.

World English Bible
Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

Young's Literal Translation
and immediately, having come to Jesus, he said, 'Hail, Rabbi,' and kissed him;
Study Bible
The Betrayal of Jesus
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. 50“Friend,” Jesus replied, “do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus, and arrested Him.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 20:9
Joab said to Amasa, "Is it well with you, my brother?" And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Matthew 23:7
the greetings in the marketplaces, and the title of 'Rabbi' by which they are addressed.

Matthew 23:8
But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

Matthew 26:25
Then Judas, who would betray Him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said it yourself."

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

John 4:31
Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him, "Rabbi, eat something."
Treasury of Scripture

And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

Hail.

Matthew 27:29,30 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, …

Mark 15:18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

John 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

kissed him. [Kataphileo,] he kissed him affectionately, eagerly, or repeatedly, from [kata,] intensive, and [phileo,] to kiss, still pretending the most affectionate attachment to our Lord.

Genesis 27:26 And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed …

2 Samuel 20:9 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took …

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Mark 14:45,46 And as soon as he was come, he goes straightway to him, and said, …

Luke 7:45 You gave me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in has …

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brothers with an holy kiss.

(49) Hail, master.--Better, Rabbi, both St. Matthew and St. Mark (Mark 14:45) giving the Hebrew word. The Greek word for "hail" is somewhat more familiar than the English has come to be for us. It was, we may believe, the disciples' usual greeting.

Verse 49. - Forthwith. The blood money was to become due on the accomplishment of the betrayal; so Judas, now that the opportunity had arrived, lost no time in completing his part of the bargain. Kissed him (κατεφίλησεν, a strong word, kissed him eagerly, or, kissed him much). Judas was more than usually demonstrative in his salutation. "The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords" (Psalm 55:21). So Joab treated Amasa before he murdered him (2 Samuel 20:9, 10). What infinite patience for the Lord to submit to this hypocritical caress! It is a type of the wonderful goodness and long suffering of God towards sinners, how he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good. And forthwith he came to Jesus,.... As soon as ever he appeared, before the rest could come up; for, he went before them, as Luke says, and that not only as, their guide to direct them to the person they wanted, but he separated himself from them, that it might not be thought that he came with them, or belonged to them:

and said, hail, master; and kissed him. Just as Joab asked Amasa of his health, and took him by the beard to kiss him, and smote him under the fifth rib, 2 Samuel 20:9. The salutation he gave him was wishing him all health, prosperity, and happiness. The Syriac version renders it, "peace, Rabbi"; and the Persic, "peace be upon thee, Rabbi"; which was the very form of salutation the disciples of the wise men gave to their Rabbins,

"Says (n) Aba bar Hona, in the name of R. Jochanan, in what form is the salutation of a disciple to his master?

, "peace be upon thee, Rabbi".

In Mark 14:45, the word "Rabbi" is repeated, this being usual in the salutation of the Jewish doctors; and the rather used by Judas under a pretence of doing him the greater honour, and of showing the highest respect, and strongest affection for him. So this deceitful wretch still addresses him as his master, though he was now serving his most implacable enemies; and wishes him all peace and joy, when he was going to deliver him into the hands of those that sought his life; and to cover all, kissed him, as a token of his friendship and the sincerity of it. It is rightly observed by Dr. Lightfoot, that it was usual for masters to kiss their disciples, particularly their heads; but then not for disciples to kiss their masters: of the former there are many instances in the Jewish writings, but not of the latter: yet, I can hardly think that this was done out of open contempt and derision; but under a pretence of respect and love; and even as being concerned for his present case, and as condoling him under the circumstances he was now likely to be in, through an armed hand, which was just upon him; and which he, by this artifice, would have suggested he had no concern with,

(n) T. Hieros. Shebuot. fol. 34. 1.26:47-56 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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