And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying…
Bryardine, a missionary to Grenoble, was enforcing the duty of forgiving our enemies, when he perceived that a large portion of his audience consisted of soldiers. Anxious to denounce duelling, and seeing that the military were strongly excited, he said, "Perhaps some high-spirited soldier burns to ask how a humble missionary can even conceive how a man of honour feels when he has been outraged by a blow? I am prepared to confess that I know not what those feelings are; and my knowledge is derived from a book that describes the worst of all insults with an indignation at least equal to what modern honour can inspire. I have been taught by my Bible how a blow may be felt, and how it should be resented. The Bible informs me that the Saviour of the world, without a murmur against His executioners, submitted to all that could embitter the agonies of death. It was not until He received a blow that He condescended to open His mouth. And what said He then? Let the Bible tell us, and let the duellist, if he can, surpass the example.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?