New American Standard Bible
So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.
King James Bible
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Darby Bible Translation
When therefore he said to them, I am he, they went away backward and fell to the ground.
World English Bible
When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Young's Literal Translation
when, therefore, he said to them -- 'I am he,' they went away backward, and fell to the ground.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They went backward ... - The cause of their retiring in this manner is not mentioned. Various things might have produced it. The frank, open, and fearless manner in which Jesus addressed them may have convinced them of his innocence, and deterred them from prosecuting their wicked attempt. His disclosure of himself was sudden and unexpected; and while they perhaps anticipated that he would make an effort to escape, they were amazed at his open and bold profession. Their consciences reproved them for their crimes, and probably the firm, decided, and yet mild manner in which Jesus addressed them, the expression of his unequalled power in knowing how to find the way to the consciences of men, made them feel that they were in the presence of more than mortal man. There is no proof that there was here any miraculous power, any mere physical force, and to suppose that there was greatly detracts from the moral sublimity of the scene.
LibraryJesus Before Caiaphas
'And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this Man's disciples? He saith, I am not. And the servants and officers stood there, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI
Calvary: victory. Matthew 26:47-27:61. Mark 14: 43-15:47. Luke 22:47-23:56. John 18:1-19:42.
Comparison Between the False Church and the True.
The Arrest of Jesus
They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them.
Therefore He again asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene."
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