While he was still speaking, Judas,1 one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
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Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!"2 and kissed him.
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Jesus replied, "Friend,3 do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
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With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword,4 drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.5
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"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.6
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Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?7
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But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled8 that say it must happen in this way?"
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At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching,9 and you did not arrest me.
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But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled."10 Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
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