22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, 3 and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up 4 to Jesus to kiss him. 5 22:48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 6
1 sn The one who betrays me. Jesus knows about Judas and what he has done.
2 sn The point of Jesus’ comment here is not to identify the specific individual per se, but to indicate that it is one who was close to him – somebody whom no one would suspect. His comment serves to heighten the treachery of Judas’ betrayal.
3 tn Grk “While he was still speaking, behold, a crowd, and the one called Judas…was leading them.” The abrupt appearance of the crowd on the scene is indicated in the translation by “suddenly” and “appeared.”
4 tn Grk “drew near.”
5 tc Many
6 sn Jesus’ comment about betraying the Son of Man with a kiss shows the hypocrisy and blindness of an attempt to cover up sin. On “misused kisses” in the Bible, see Gen 27:26-27; 2 Sam 15:5; Prov 7:13; 27:6; and 2 Sam 20:9.