22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, 1 and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up 2 to Jesus to kiss him. 3 22:48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 4 22:49 When 5 those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should 6 we use our swords?” 7 22:50 Then 8 one of them 9 struck the high priest’s slave, 10 cutting off his right ear. 22:51 But Jesus said, 11 “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s 12 ear and healed 13 him. 22:52 Then 14 Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, 15 and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? 16 22:53 Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, 17 you did not arrest me. 18 But this is your hour, 19 and that of the power 20 of darkness!”
22:63 Now 21 the men who were holding Jesus 22 under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 23 blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 24 “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 25 22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 26 him.
22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 27 Then 28 they led Jesus 29 away to their council 30 22:67 and said, “If 31 you are the Christ, 32 tell us.” But he said to them, “If 33 I tell you, you will not 34 believe, 22:68 and if 35 I ask you, you will not 36 answer. 22:69 But from now on 37 the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 38 of the power 39 of God.” 22:70 So 40 they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 41 then?” He answered 42 them, “You say 43 that I am.” 22:71 Then 44 they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 45 from his own lips!” 46
[22:47] 1 tn Grk “While he was still speaking, behold, a crowd, and the one called Judas…was leading them.” The abrupt appearance of the crowd on the scene is indicated in the translation by “suddenly” and “appeared.”
[22:47] 3 tc Many
[22:48] 4 sn Jesus’ comment about betraying the Son of Man with a kiss shows the hypocrisy and blindness of an attempt to cover up sin. On “misused kisses” in the Bible, see Gen 27:26-27; 2 Sam 15:5; Prov 7:13; 27:6; and 2 Sam 20:9.
[22:52] 15 tn This title, literally “official of the temple” (στρατηγὸς τοῦ ἱεροῦ, strathgo" tou Jierou), referred to the commander of the Jewish soldiers who guarded and maintained order in the Jerusalem temple. Here, since the term is plural, it has been translated “officers of the temple guard” rather than “commanders of the temple guard,” since the idea of a number of commanders might be confusing to the modern English reader.
[22:52] 16 tn Or “a revolutionary.” This term can refer to one who stirs up rebellion: BDAG 594 s.v. λῃστής 2 has “revolutionary, insurrectionist, guerrilla” 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 (10:30).
[22:64] sn Who hit you? This is a variation of one of three ancient games that involved blindfolds.
[22:69] 38 sn Seated at the right hand is an allusion to Ps 110:1 (“Sit at my right hand…”) and is a claim that Jesus shares authority with God in heaven. Those present may have thought they were his judges, but, in fact, the reverse was true.
[22:69] 39 sn The expression the right hand of the power of God is a circumlocution for referring to God. Such indirect references to God were common in 1st century Judaism out of reverence for the divine name.
[22:71] 45 sn We have heard it ourselves. The Sanhedrin regarded the answer as convicting Jesus. They saw it as blasphemous to claim such intimacy and shared authority with God, a claim so serious and convicting that no further testimony was needed.