And he who did deliver him up did give them a sign, saying, 'Whomsoever I will kiss, it is he: lay hold on him;'
Matthew 26:48 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Gave them a sign - How coolly deliberate is this dire apostate! The man whom I shall kiss - how deeply hypocritical! That is he, hold him fast, seize him - how diabolically malicious!
Hail, Master - A usual compliment among the Jews. Judas pretends to wish our Lord continued health while he is meditating his destruction!
How many compliments of this kind are there in the world! Judas had a pattern in Joab, who, while he pretends to inquire tenderly for the health of Amasa, thrust him through with his sword; but the disciple here vastly outdoes his master, and through a motive, if possible, still more base. Let all those who use unmeaning or insidious compliments rank for ever with Joab and Judas.
And kissed him - And tenderly kissed him - this is the proper meaning of the original word κατεφιλησεν, he kissed him again and again - still pretending the most affectionate attachment to him, though our Lord had before unmasked him.
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2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly...
2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him...
Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors...
Psalm 55:20,21 He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he has broken his covenant...
Mark 14:44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
Matthew 26:48 Parallel CommentariesAgreed Arranged Betrayed Betrayer Betraying Deliver Direct False. Fast Hold Kiss Lay Seize Sign Signal Whomever WhomsoeverAgreed Arranged Betrayed Betrayer Betraying Deliver Direct False. Fast Hold Kiss Lay Seize Sign Signal Whomever WhomsoeverTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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