John 18:3
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English Standard Version
So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

King James Bible
Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

American Standard Version
Judas then, having received the band of soldiers , and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Judas therefore having received a band of soldiers and servants from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

English Revised Version
Judas then, having received the band of soldiers, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Webster's Bible Translation
Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns, and torches, and weapons.

Weymouth New Testament
So Judas, followed by the battalion and by a detachment of the Temple police sent by the High Priests and Pharisees, came there with torches and lamps and weapons.

John 18:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

A band (τὴν σπεῖραν)

Properly, the band. See on Mark 15:16; also see on centurion, Luke 7:2; and see on Acts 21:31. The band, or cohort, was from the Roman garrison in the tower of Antonia.

Officers (ὑπηρέτας)

See on Matthew 5:25. Sent from the Sanhedrim.

The temple police

The Synoptists speak of the body which arrested Jesus as ὄχλος, a multitude or rabble; but both Matthew and Mark mention the band (σπεῖρα) later in the narrative (Matthew 27:27; Mark 15:16).

Lanterns (φανῶν)

Only here in the New Testament. A detail peculiar to John. Though it was full moon, it was feared that Jesus might hide and escape.

John 18:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Judas.

John 13:2,27-30 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him...

Matthew 26:47,55 And while he yet spoke, see, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves...

Mark 14:43,44,48 And immediately, while he yet spoke, comes Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves...

Luke 22:47 And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them...

*etc:

Acts 1:16 Men and brothers, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled...

a band.

John 18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

*Gr:

Psalm 3:1,2 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me...

Psalm 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Cross References
Matthew 25:1
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 26:47
While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Mark 14:43
And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

Luke 22:47
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him,

John 7:32
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

John 18:12
So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him.

John 18:18
Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

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