14:43 Right away, while Jesus 1 was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived. 2 With him came a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and experts in the law 3 and elders. 14:44 (Now the betrayer 4 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him and lead him away under guard.”) 5 14:45 When Judas 6 arrived, he went up to Jesus 7 immediately and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed 8 him. 14:46 Then they took hold of him 9 and arrested him. 14:47 One of the bystanders drew his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, 10 cutting off his ear. 14:48 Jesus said to them, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 11 14:49 Day after day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, yet 12 you did not arrest me. But this has happened so that 13 the scriptures would be fulfilled.” 14:50 Then 14 all the disciples 15 left him and fled. 14:51 A young man was following him, wearing only a linen cloth. They tried to arrest him, 14:52 but he ran off naked, 16 leaving his linen cloth behind.
[14:48] 11 tn Or “a revolutionary.” This term can refer to one who stirs up rebellion: BDAG 594 s.v. λῃστής 2 has “revolutionary, insurrectionist,” citing evidence from Josephus (J. W. 2.13.2-3 [2.253-254]). However, this usage generally postdates Jesus’ time. It does refer to a figure of violence. Luke uses the same term for the highwaymen who attack the traveler in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30).
[14:52] 16 sn The statement he ran off naked is probably a reference to Mark himself, traditionally assumed to be the author of this Gospel. Why he was wearing only an outer garment and not the customary tunic as well is not mentioned. W. L. Lane, Mark (NICNT), 527-28, says that Mark probably mentioned this episode so as to make it clear that “all fled, leaving Jesus alone in the custody of the police.”