Bible: Matthew 26:47-56

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 1  one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 2  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 3  Arrest him!”) 4  26:49 Immediately 5  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 6  26:50 Jesus 7  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 8  of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 9  one of those with Jesus grabbed 10  his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 11  cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 12  For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 13  of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled? 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 14  Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 15  you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 16  the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

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