Never man so spake (oudepote elalhsen outw anqrwpo). Police officers are not usually carried away by public speech. They had fallen under the power of Jesus "as the Galilean peasants had been impressed" (Bernard) in verses John 28 . It was the words of Jesus that had so gripped these officers, not his works ( John 15:24 ). It was most disconcerting to the Sanhedrin.