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katapi HOME The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus - Mk.14.43-50  Mt.26.47-56  Lk.22.47-53  Jn.18.3-12   | NEB Books | notes

Mark: 14
43Suddenly, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared, and with him was a crowd armed with swords and cudgels, sent by the chief priests, lawyers, and elders. 44Now the traitor had agreed with them upon a signal: 'The one I kiss is your man; seize him and get him safely away.' 45When he reached the spot, he stepped forward at once and said to Jesus, 'Rabbi', and kissed him. 46Then they seized him and held him fast.
47One of the party [Or: of the bystanders.] drew his sword, and struck at the High Priest's servant, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus spoke: 'Do you take me for a bandit, that you have come out with swords and cudgels to arrest me? 49Day after day I was within your reach as I taught in the temple, and you did not lay hands on me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.' 50Then the disciples all deserted him and ran away.

Matthew: 26
47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared; with him was a great crowd armed with swords and cudgels, sent by the chief priests and the elders of the nation. 48The traitor gave them this sign: 'The one I kiss is your man; seize him'; 49and stepping forward at once, he said, 'Hail, Rabbi!', and kissed him. 50Jesus replied, 'Friend, do what you are here to do.' [Or: Friend, what are you here for?] They then came forward, seized Jesus, and held him fast.
51At that moment one of those with Jesus reached for his sword and drew it, and he struck at the High Priest's servant and cut off his ear. 52But Jesus said to him, 'Put up your sword. All who take the sword die by the sword. 53Do you suppose that I cannot appeal to my Father, who would at once send to my aid more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then could the scriptures be fulfilled, which say that this must be?'
55At the same time Jesus spoke to the crowd. 'Do you take me for a bandit,' he said, 'that you have come out with swords and cudgels to arrest me? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple, and you did not lay hands on me. 56But this has all happened to fulfil what the prophets wrote.'

Then the disciples all deserted him and ran away.


Luke: 22
47WHILE HE WAS STILL SPEAKING a Crowd appeared with the man called Judas, one of the Twelve, at their head. 48He came up to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said, 'Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?'
49When his followers saw what was coming, they said, 'Lord, shall we use our swords?' 50And one of them struck at the High Priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, 'Let them have their way.' Then he touched the man's ear and healed him. [Or: 'Let me do as much as this', and touching the man's ear, he healed him.]
52Turning to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders, who had come to seize him, he said, 'Do you take me for a bandit, that you have come out with swords and cudgels to arrest me? 53Day after day, when I was in the temple with you, you kept your hands off me. But this is your moment—the hour when darkness reigns.'

John: 18
3So Judas took a detachment of soldiers, and police provided by the chief priests and the Pharisees, equipped with lanterns, torches, and weapons, and made his way to the garden. 4Jesus, knowing all that was coming upon him, went out to them and asked, 'Who is it you want?' 5'Jesus of Nazareth', they answered. Jesus said, 'I am he.' And there stood Judas the traitor with them. 6When he said, 'I am he', they drew back and fell to the ground. 7Again Jesus asked, 'Who is it you want?' 'Jesus of Nazareth', they answered. 8Then Jesus said, 'I have told you that I am he. If I am the man you want, let these others go.' 9(This was to make good his words, 'I have not lost one of those whom thou gavest me.') 10Thereupon Simon Peter drew the sword he was wearing and struck at the High Priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11Jesus said to Peter, 'Sheathe your sword. This is the cup my Father has given me; shall I not drink it?'
12THE TROOPS with their commander, and the Jewish police, now arrested Jesus and secured him.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
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