Matthew 26:53
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New International Version
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

New Living Translation
Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?

English Standard Version
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

New American Standard Bible
"Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

King James Bible
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels?

International Standard Version
Don't you think that I could call on my Father, and he would send me more than twelve legions of angels now?

NET Bible
Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions of angels right now?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you think that I cannot ask my Father and he would raise up for me now more than twelve Legions of Angels?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't you think that I could call on my Father to send more than twelve legions of angels to help me now?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

King James 2000 Bible
Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

American King James Version
Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

American Standard Version
Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thinkest thou that I cannot ask my Father, and he will give me presently more than twelve legions of angels?

Darby Bible Translation
Or thinkest thou that I cannot now call upon my Father, and he will furnish me more than twelve legions of angels?

English Revised Version
Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Webster's Bible Translation
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he will presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Weymouth New Testament
Or do you suppose I cannot entreat my Father and He would instantly send to my help more than twelve legions of angels?

World English Bible
Or do you think that I couldn't ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Young's Literal Translation
dost thou think that I am not able now to call upon my Father, and He will place beside me more than twelve legions of messengers?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 53. - Thinkest thou that I cannot now (ἄρτι) pray to (παρακαλέσαι, beseech) my Father? Jesus proceeds to show that he needs not Peter's puny assistance. Η δοκεῖς; An putas? Or thinkest thou? The particle, neglected by the Authorized Version, marks the transition to a new motive. The verb παρακαλεῖν has the special meaning of "to summon with authority," "to call upon as an ally." Peter needed still to learn the lesson of Christ's Divinity, his oneness with the Father; and this is furnished by the right interpretation of this word, which was not, as our version seems to make it, the cry of an inferior to one mightier than himself, but the summons of an equal to his great Ally in heaven. So Jesus virtually says, "Have I not power through my own Godhead to summon my Father to support me?" (Sewell, 'Microscope of the New Testament'). Shall presently give me (παραστήσει μοι ἄρτι). The Authorized Version seems to have read ἄρτι twice, "now... presently." The manuscripts show it only once, but vary its position. It most probably belongs to the first clause. The verb rendered "give" has a more pregnant meaning. It is a military term meaning "to place by the side," "to post on one's flank." Hence the Lord implies that at a word the serried ranks of angels would range themselves at his side, true flank comrades, to defend and support him. Twelve legions of angels. Not a dozen weak men. He employs the Roman term "legion" with intention. He had been arrested by a cohort (John 18:3, 12, σπεῖρα), the tenth part of the legion, which numbered six thousand men; he could, it he chose, call to his aid twelve times six thousand angels, who would deliver their Lord from his enemies. If there was to be an appeal to force, which Peter's rash assault suggested, what could withstand his angelic allies, the heavenly hosts, infinitely more numerous, better disciplined, more effectively officered, prompt and happy to do the will of the great Commander?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father,.... Meaning, if he thought proper, or that there was any necessity for it, or that he was desirous of being rescued out of such hands he was falling into. This must be understood of him as man: for, as God, the angels were his creatures and ministering servants, whom he had the command of himself, and so had no need, as such, to pray to his Father to detach a number of them to his assistance, and which, as man, he could only want,

And he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels. A Roman legion consisted of about six thousand soldiers, or upwards; some add six hundred sixty six; and others make the number far greater. Twelve are mentioned, either with respect to the twelve apostles; or in allusion, as others think, to the Roman militia; a proper and full army with them consisting of such a number of legions: and that there is an innumerable company of angels, thousand thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand, is certain; and the Persic version here reads; "twelve myriads" of legions; and that these are at the command of God, and he can dispatch them at once, on any emergent occasion, is very evident; and what is it that such a company of angels is not capable of, when a single angel slew in one night an hundred, fourscore, and five thousand men,

2 Kings 19:35, wherefore had Christ had any inclination to have been rescued from the present danger, he stood in no need of Peter's sword.



Matthew 26:53 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest
52Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53"Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54"How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?"…
Cross References
Matthew 4:11
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Mark 5:9
Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."

Mark 5:15
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

Luke 8:30
Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.

John 10:18
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

John 18:36
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place."
Treasury of Scripture

Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

and he.

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that …

Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands …

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

twelve.

Matthew 10:1,2 And when he had called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them …

legions. (A legion, [legeon,] for the Latin legio, from lego, to collect or choose was a particular division or battalion of the Roman army, which at different times contained different numbers. In the time of our Saviour it probably consisted of

Luke 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is your name? And he said, Legion: …

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