John 18:6
New International Version
When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.

New Living Translation
As Jesus said "I Am he," they all drew back and fell to the ground!

English Standard Version
When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Berean Study Bible
When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore when He said to them, "I am He," they drew toward the back and fell to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.

King James Bible
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Christian Standard Bible
When Jesus told them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the ground.

Contemporary English Version
At once they all backed away and fell to the ground.

Good News Translation
When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they moved back and fell to the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He told them, "I am He," they stepped back and fell to the ground.

International Standard Version
When Jesus told them, "I AM," they backed away and fell to the ground.

NET Bible
So when Jesus said to them, "I am he," they retreated and fell to the ground.

New Heart English Bible
When therefore he said to them, "I AM," they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD”, they went backward and fell to the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus told them, "I am he," the crowd backed away and fell to the ground.

New American Standard 1977
When therefore He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back, and fell to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he said unto them, I AM, they went backward and fell to the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

American King James Version
As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

American Standard Version
When therefore he said unto them, I am he , they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As soon therefore as he had said to them: I am he; they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
When therefore he said to them, I am [he], they went away backward and fell to the ground.

English Revised Version
When therefore he said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Weymouth New Testament
As soon then as He said to them, "I am he," they went backwards and fell to the ground.

World English Bible
When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
when, therefore, he said to them -- 'I am he,' they went away backward, and fell to the ground.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
The Betrayal of Jesus
5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. Jesus said, “I am He.” And Judas, His betrayer, was standing there with them. 6When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7So He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered.…
Cross References
John 18:5
"Jesus of Nazareth," they answered. Jesus said, "I am He." And Judas, His betrayer, was standing there with them.

John 18:7
So He asked them again, "Whom are you seeking?" "Jesus of Nazareth," they answered.

Treasury of Scripture

As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

they went. Doubtless by the interposition of Divine power; and it was thus shown that Jesus voluntarily resigned himself into their hands.

2 Kings 1:9-15 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And …

Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up …

Psalm 40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul …

Psalm 70:2,3 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them …

Psalm 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, …

Acts 4:29,30 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to your servants, …







Lexicon
When
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

[Jesus] said,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“I
Ἐγώ (Egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am [He],”
εἰμι (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

they drew
ἀπῆλθον (apēlthon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.

back
ὀπίσω (opisō)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3694: Behind, after; back, backwards. From the same as opisthen with enclitic of direction; to the back, i.e. Aback.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

fell
ἔπεσαν (epesan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4098: A reduplicated and contracted form of peto; probably akin to petomai through the idea of alighting; to fall.

to [the] ground.
χαμαί (chamai)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5476: Adverb perhaps from the base of chasma through the idea of a fissure in the soil; earthward, i.e. Prostrate.
(6) They went backward, and fell to the ground.--There is nothing in the narrative to suggest that our Lord put forth miraculous power to cause this terror. The impression is rather that it was produced by the majesty of His person, and by the answer which to Jewish ears conveyed the unutterable name, "Jehovah" (I AM). (Comp. Note on John 8:24-25.) Guilt trembled before the calmness of innocence. Man fell to the ground before the presence of God. To Judas the term must have been familiar, and have brought back a past which may well have made him tremble at the present. To the officers the voice came from Him of whom they had been convinced before that "Never man spake like this man" (John 7:46). They have come to take Him by force, but conscience paralyses all their intentions, and they lay helpless before Him. He will surrender Himself because His hour is come (John 17:1); but His life no one taketh from Him. For this sense of awe in the presence of Christ, comp. the account of the cleansing of the Temple in John 2:14 et seq.

18:1-12 Sin began in the garden of Eden, there the curse was pronounced, there the Redeemer was promised; and in a garden that promised Seed entered into conflict with the old serpent. Christ was buried also in a garden. Let us, when we walk in our gardens, take occasion from thence to mediate on Christ's sufferings in a garden. Our Lord Jesus, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth and asked, Whom seek ye? When the people would have forced him to a crown, he withdrew, ch.
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