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kifled him. (The question put by Jesus, to Judas is not mentioned) And they laid their

hands on him, and took him. And one of "them that stood by, drew a sword, and smote

a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

(The comment made by Jesus upon this action, ' is not mentioned, nor does he notice the in• finuation that Jesus could, by asking, obtain

the assistance of twelve legions of angels) And Jesus answered and said unto them, are ye come

out as against a thief, with swords and with * ftaves to take me? I was daily with you in the

temple, teaching, and ye took me not : but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all

forsook him and fied.' Luke's record says' And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the

twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss ? (It doth not appear that a kiss was given. And

the question asked by Jesus, differs from that " recorded by Matthew) When they which

were about him, saw what would follow, they ' said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the ' sword ? (This question is not recorded by Mat

thew or Mark; nor does it here appear that

they received any answer.) And one of them 'smote the servant of the high priest, and cut • off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said,

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Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear and • healed him. Then said Jesus unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders which were come to him. (Matthew says-The

multitude came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Mark says--They came from

the chief priests, and fcribes, and the elders. " But by Luke's account, it seems the chief priests, ' and the elders were present, and made part

of the multitude, with the captains of the temple.) • Be ye come out as against a thief, with swords

and staves ? When I was daily with you in the • temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me.

(How is this affertion to be reconciled with the • record of John, ch. viii. v. 59.) But this is your

hour, and the power of darkness.' Thus we see, the concluding speech likewise, is recorded differently by the three evangelists. The fourth, St. John; differs still more in the particulars of this transaction. His record, ch. xviii. stands thus• When Jesus had spoken these words, he went ' forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron,

where was a garden, into which he entered, ' and his disciples. And Judas also which be

trayed him knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh

thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. - Jesus therefore knowing all things that should

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come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he; they went backward and

fell to the ground. Then asked he them again; ' Whom seek ye? And they said Jesus of Naza

reth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I

am he. If therefore ye seek me, let these go • their way : that the saying might be fulfilled • which he spake-Of them which thou gavest

me, have I loft none. Then Simon Peter hay. ing a sword, drew it and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear; the servant's

name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter ' -Put up thy sword into the sheath, the cup

which my father hath given me, shall I not • drink it?' In this account John agrees with Matthew and Mark, though not with Luke, that the band of men and officers as he calls them, came from the chief priests, &c. We find this garden was a place of concealment, known, as such, to the disciples only; and who, having two swords, meant, we may suppose, to defend themselves in case they were attacked. We find by John that this attack was made in the nighttime; and he only, tells us that Peter was the man who used his sword upon that occasion. By John's account, it doth not appear that Judas Chapter Verse kissed Jesus ; or pointed him out; or that any

conversation passed between them as recorded by the others. On the contrary, John says—That Jesus advanced to meet the band of men and officers; and asked whom they fought. Being answered— Jesus of Nazareth, he said I am he. (Here John remarks that Judas stood with them.) Upon this information, which appears to be the first, they went backward and fell to the ground. St. John is fingular in this account; and likewise in what follows: He says--that upon their thus retreating and falling to the ground, Jesus again asked them whom they fought; and they again replied, Jesus of Nazareth : to which he rejoined, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye

seek me let these (the eleven disciples) go their way. It is added, I suppose by St. John ; that the fay

ing might be fulfilled which he fpake-Of

them which thou gavest me have I lost none.' This saying of Jesus's is recorded by John in the 12th verse of the 17th chapter, with an exception, here omitted, the Son of Perdition Judas. I have already remarked, that neither Matthew, Mark, or Luke agree in the concluding speech ; and here we see that John differs from them all in that, and many other particulars of this interesting scene. We will now proceed with what followed the apprehension, when, according to

Matthew and Mark, all his disciples forsook him xxvi. 57 and fled. Matthew says And they that had

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the high priest, where the scribes, and the elders
were assembled. But Peter followed him afar xxvi. 58

off, unto the high priest's palace, and went in
6 and fat with the servants to see the end. Now

59 the chief priests and elders and all the council, • sought false witness against Jesus to put him to

death, but found none : yea though many false 60 • witneffes came, yet found they none. (This

which here is an absurdity, is properly explainsed by St. Mark.) At the last came two false

61 ' witnesses and said ; this fellow said, I am able

to destroy the temple of God, and to build

it in three days.' (This testimony was not false, vide John, ch. ii. verses 18, 19, and 20. He did not at that time explain his meaning to the Jews; nor doth it appear that the apostles themselves understood, 'till after his resurrection, that he meant the temple of his body.) . And the high priest arofe and said unto him ;

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• Answerest thou nothing? What is it which
• these witness against thee? But Jesus held his

peace. (As he had really spoken those words ;
why not explain their concealed import to the
high priest? We find this bravado, as they
thought it, repeated to him in mockery when

upon the cross.) And the high priest answered
• and said unto him-1 adjure thee by the living

God, that thou tell us, whether thou be the Christ
the Son of God.' (What is the answer to this

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