And Jesus answered and said to them, Are you come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)As against a thief.—Better, as against a robber, the word implying the bolder form of theft.
See on Joh 18:1-12.See Poole on "Mark 14:46" Luke 22:52. The Persic version reads, "to the multitude":
are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and with staves, to take me? See Gill on Matthew 26:55.And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 14:48. On this and the following verse vide notes on Mt.48. answered and said unto them] Those to whom He now spoke were, as we learn from St Luke 22:52, some chief priests and elders and officers of the Temple guard, who had been apparently watching His capture.
a thief] Rather, a robber or bandit. See above, note on ch. Mark 11:17.Verse 48. - We learn from St. Matthew (Matthew 26:52) that our Lord rebuked his disciples for their resistance; after which he proceeded to rebuke those who were bent upon apprehending him. Are ye come out, as against a robber (ὡς ἐπὶ λῃστὴν), with swords and staves to seize me? The order of events in the betrayal appears to have been this: First, the kiss of the traitor Judas, by which he indicated to those who were with him which was Jesus. Then follows that remarkable incident mentioned only by St. John (John 18:4-6), "Jesus... went forth, and saith unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, was standing with them. When therefore he said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground." The presence of Christ in his serene majesty overpowered them. There was something in his looks and manner, as he repeated these words," I am he," words often used before by him, that caused them to retreat backwards, and to prostrate themselves. It was no external force that produced this result. The Divine majesty flashed from his countenance and overawed them, at least for the moment. At all events, it was an emphatic evidence, both to his own disciples and to this crowd, that it was by his own will that he yielded himself up to them. Perhaps this incident fired the courage of St. Peter; and so, as they approached to take our Lord, he drew his sword and struck off the ear of Malchus. Then our Lord healed him. And then he turned to the multitude and said, "Are ye come out as against a robber, with swords and staves, to seize me?"
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