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Matthew 26:48

    Matthew 26:48 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now the false one had given them a sign saying, The one to whom I give a kiss, that is he: take him.

    Webster's Revision

    Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.

    World English Bible

    Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.

    Definitions for Matthew 26:48

    Fast - Abstaining from food.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:48

    Gave them a sign - How coolly deliberate is this dire apostate! The man whom I shall kiss - how deeply hypocritical! That is he, hold him fast, seize him - how diabolically malicious!

    Hail, Master - A usual compliment among the Jews. Judas pretends to wish our Lord continued health while he is meditating his destruction!

    How many compliments of this kind are there in the world! Judas had a pattern in Joab, who, while he pretends to inquire tenderly for the health of Amasa, thrust him through with his sword; but the disciple here vastly outdoes his master, and through a motive, if possible, still more base. Let all those who use unmeaning or insidious compliments rank for ever with Joab and Judas.

    And kissed him - And tenderly kissed him - this is the proper meaning of the original word κατεφιλησεν, he kissed him again and again - still pretending the most affectionate attachment to him, though our Lord had before unmasked him.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:48

    Gave them a sign - That is, told them of a way by which they might know whom to apprehend - to wit, by his kissing him.

    It was night. Jesus was, besides, probably personally unknown to the "Romans" - perhaps to the others also. Judas, therefore, being well acquainted with him, to prevent the possibility of mistake, agreed to designate him by one of the tokens of friendship.

    John tells us that Jesus, knowing all things that should come upon him, when they approached him, asked them whom they sought, and that they replied, Jesus of Nazareth. He then informed them that he was the person they sought. They, when they heard it, overawed by his presence and smitten with the consciousness of guilt, went backward and fell to the ground. He again asked them whom they sought. They made the same declaration - Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus then, since they professed to seek only Him, claimed the right that his disciples should be suffered to escape, "that the saying might be fulfilled which he spake John 18:9; Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none."