New American Standard Bible
A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him.
King James Bible
And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
Darby Bible Translation
And a certain young man followed him with a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men seize him;
World English Bible
A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself, over his naked body. The young men grabbed him,
Young's Literal Translation
and a certain young man was following him, having put a linen cloth about his naked body, and the young men lay hold on him,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A certain young man - Who this was we have no means of determining, but it seems not improbable that he may have been the owner of the garden, and that he may have had an understanding with Jesus that he should visit it for retirement when he withdrew from the city. That he was not one of the apostles is clear. It is probable that be was roused from sleep by the noise made by the rabble, and came to render any aid in his power in quelling the disturbance. It is not known why this circumstance is recorded by Mark. It is omitted by all the other evangelists. It may have been recorded to show that the conspirators had instructions to take the "apostles" as well as Jesus, and supposing him to be one of them, they laid hold of him to take him before the high priest; or it "may" have been recorded in order to place his conduct in strong and honorable contrast with the timidity and fear of the disciples, who had all fled. Compare the notes at Matthew 26:56.
A linen cloth cast about his naked body - He was roused from sleep, and probably threw around him, in his haste, what was most convenient. It was common to sleep in linen bed-clothes, and he seized a part of the clothes and hastily threw it round him.
Laid hold on him - Supposing him to be one of the apostles.
LibraryFebruary 7 Evening
Jesus . . . was moved with compassion toward them.--MATT. 14:14. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.--We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.--Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.--He cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
A Secret Rendezvous
Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas
And they all left Him and fled.
But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
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