Then said they all, Are you then the Son of God? And he said to them, You say that I am.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Ye say that I am.—The question, as asked by the whole company of priests and elders, is given only by St. Luke. It apparently followed, as a spontaneous cry of indignant horror, on the answer which had been made to the adjuration of the high priest. The answer is complete in itself; but it implies, as in the less ambiguous forms in St. Matthew and St. Mark, the confession that He actually was what they had asked Him. The “I am” has something of the same significance as in John 7:24-25; John 8:58 (where see Notes).
Matthew 26:57-68. (See on Mr 14:53-63; Joh 18:19, &c.; and Lu 22:55-62.) art thou the Son of God? for they knew that the Messiah, or the son of man, that was to sit at the right hand of God, and come in the clouds of heaven, was the Son of God: and he said unto them, ye say that I am; or rather the words may be rendered, "ye say it", and ye say right; it is the very truth: "for I am"; that is, "the Son of God", as the Ethiopic version here adds; which sense agrees with Mark 14:62 and the following words seem to require this sense and version.
(See on Mr 14:53-63; Joh 18:19, &c.; and Lu 22:55-62.)See Poole on "Luke 22:66"
art thou the Son of God? for they knew that the Messiah, or the son of man, that was to sit at the right hand of God, and come in the clouds of heaven, was the Son of God:
and he said unto them, ye say that I am; or rather the words may be rendered, "ye say it", and ye say right; it is the very truth: "for I am"; that is, "the Son of God", as the Ethiopic version here adds; which sense agrees with Mark 14:62 and the following words seem to require this sense and version.Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 22:70-71. Ὁ υἱὸς τ. Θεοῦ] This designation of the Messiah is suggested by ἐκ δεξιῶν … Θεοῦ, in recollection of Psalms 110; for “colligebant ex praedicato Luke 22:69,” Bengel. And their conclusion was right.
ὅτι ἐγώ εἰμι] ὅτι, argumentatively, comp. John 18:37; ἐγώ, with emphasis, corresponding to the σύ of Luke 22:67; Luke 22:70.
μαρτυρίας] that He gives Himself out to be the Messiah.Luke 22:70. πάντες, all, eagerly grasping at the handle offered by Christ’s words.—ὁ υἱὸς τ. Θ. This is supposed to be involved in the exalted place at the right hand.—ἐγώ εἰμι, the direct answer at last.70. Ye say that I am] A Hebrew formula (antt’ amarta). “Your words verify themselves.” See some striking remarks in De Quincey, Works, in. 304. But the formula like “Thou sayest” in John 18:37 seems also to have been meant to waive further discussion. See p. 385.
What need we any further witness?] Caiaphas had made the same appeal to the audience at the night trial. Van Oosterzee mentions that at the trial of the Reformer Farel, the Genevan Priests addressed him in these very words, and he replied, “Speak the words of God, and not those of Caiaphas.”—This trial was followed by the second derision, in which it almost seems as if the Sanhedrists themselves took part. Matthew 26:67. St Luke here omits the remorse and horrible end of Judas, on which he touches in Acts 1:18.Luke 22:70. Οὖν, Art thou then [therefore]) They drew the inference from the Predicate [which He attributed to Himself] in Luke 22:69, and this with great emphasis. Art Thou? say they, not, Shalt Thou be? [Luke 22:71. Αὐτοὶ—ἠκούσαμεν, we ourselves—have heard) They of themselves: they give testimony against themselves.—V. g.]
 That is to say, they bear witness themselves that they have heard Jesus’ testimony to His divinity out of His own mouth, and yet they believed not. This will be their heaviest condemnation.—E. and T.Verse 70. - Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? Now bringing forward the loftier title formerly suppressed (in ver. 67). "And art thou, then, dost thou, poor Man, vain in thy imagining, dost thou assert thyself to be the Son of God?" So Stier. And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. This form of reply is not used in Greek, but is frequent in rabbinic. By such an answer the one interrogated accepts as his own affirmation the question put to him in its entirety. We have, then, here, in the clearest possible language:
(1) A plain assertion by our Lord of his Divinity.
(2) The reply of the Sanhedrists, showing that they for their part distinctly understood it as such, but to make it quite clear they asked him if that was his meaning, i.e. the assertion of his Divinity.
(3) We have the Lord's quiet answer, "Yes, that was his meaning." The next verse (71) shows that they were satisfied with the evidence which they pro, ceeded without delay to lay before the Roman governor, Pilate.
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