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Matthew 26:47-50

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 1  one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 2  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 3  Arrest him!”) 4  26:49 Immediately 5  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 6  26:50 Jesus 7  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 8  of Jesus and arrested him.

1 tn Grk “behold, Judas.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).

2 tn Grk “the one who betrays him.”

3 tn Grk “The one I kiss is he.”

4 sn This remark is parenthetical within the narrative and has thus been placed in parentheses.

5 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.

6 sn Judas’ act of betrayal when he kissed Jesus is especially sinister when it is realized that it was common in the culture of the times for a disciple to kiss his master when greeting him.

7 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

8 tn Grk “and put their hands on Jesus.”

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