"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 13 The Last Supper and Farewell Discourses

13.1 Jesus' Arrest (Jn 18.1-12)


181 When he had said this, Jesus went out with his disciples across the Wadi Kedron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples went.

2But Judas, the betrayer, also knew this place, because Jesus often went there along with his disciples. 3So Judas, taking the cohort and Temple attendants from the high priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Then Jesus, knowing everything that was to happen to him, stepped out and said to them, "Who are you looking for?" 5They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." He said to them, "I am he1." Judas, his betrayer, stood with them. 6Then as he said to them, "I am he", they stepped backwards and fell to the ground. 7So he asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" They said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8Jesus answered, "I tell you that I am he; so if you are looking for me, let these men go." 9This was so that the word which he spoke might be fulfilled, "I shall not lose any one of those that you gave me.2"

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave. And he cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchos. 11Then Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword in its scabbard. The cup that the Father gave me -- shall I not drink it?"

12So the cohort and the tribune and the Jewish Temple attendants arrested Jesus and bound him.



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1 literally "I am" (ego eimi); see the Comments.

2 Compare Jn 6.39.