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Matthew 26:56

    Matthew 26:56 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But all this has taken place so that the writings of the prophets might come true. Then all his disciples went from him in flight.

    Webster's Revision

    But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

    World English Bible

    But all this has happened, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

    Definitions for Matthew 26:56

    Forsook - To have left in an abandoned condition.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:56

    But all this was done - This is probably the observation of the evangelist. See on Matthew 2:23 (note).

    Then all the disciples forsook him and fled - O what is man! How little is even his utmost sincerity to be depended on! Jesus is abandoned by all! - even zealous Peter and loving John are among the fugitives! Was ever master so served by his scholars? Was ever parent so treated by his children? Is there not as much zeal and love among them all as might make one martyr for God and truth? Alas! no. He had but twelve who professed inviolable attachment to him; one of these betrayed him, another denied him with oaths, and the rest run away and utterly abandon him to his implacable enemies! Are there not found among his disciples still,

    1st. Persons who betray him and his cause?

    2dly. Persons who deny him and his people?

    3dly. Persons who abandon him, his people, his cause, and his truth?

    Reader! dost thou belong to any of these classes?

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:56

    Scriptures of the prophets - The "writings" of the prophets, for that is the meaning of the word "scriptures." He alludes to those parts of the prophetic writings which foretold his sufferings and death.

    Then all the disciples ... - Overcome with fear when they saw their Master actually taken; alarmed with the terrific appearance of armed men and torches in a dark night, and forgetting their promises not to forsake him, they all left their Saviour to go alone to trial and to death! Alas, how many, when attachment to Christ would lead them to danger, leave him and flee! Mark adds that after the disciples had fled, a young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body, attempted to follow him. It is not known who he was, but not improbably he may have been the owner of the garden and a friend of Jesus. Aroused by the noise from his repose, he came to defend, or at least to follow the Saviour. He cast, in his hurry, such a covering as was at hand around his body, and came to him. The young men among the Romans and Jews attempted to seize him also, and he only secured his safety by leaving in their hands the covering that he had hastily thrown around him. It is not known why this circumstance was recorded by Mark, but it would seem to be probable that it was to mention him with honor, as showing his interest in the Saviour, and his willingness to aid him. See the notes at Mark 14:50-51. This circumstance may have been recorded for the purpose of honoring him by placing his conduct in strong contrast with that of the apostles, who had all forsaken the Saviour and fled.