Who would do this? (Lk 22:23-22:23)

“Then they began

To question one another.

‘Which one of them

Could

Or would do this?’”

καὶ αὐτοὶ ἤρξαντο συνζητεῖν πρὸς ἑαυτοὺς τὸ τίς ἄρα εἴη ἐξ αὐτῶν ὁ τοῦτο μέλλων πράσσειν.

Luke said that the 12 apostles began to question one another (καὶ αὐτοὶ ἤρξαντο συνζητεῖν πρὸς ἑαυτοὺς).  They said which one of them could or would do this (τὸ τίς ἄρα εἴη ἐξ αὐτῶν ὁ τοῦτο μέλλων πράσσειν)?  There was something similar in Matthew, chapter 26:22, and Mark, chapter 14:19, who are almost the same, as well as John, chapter 13:22.  Mark said that the 12 apostles began to be greatly distressed or pained (ἤρξαντο λυπεῖσθαι) on hearing that one of them was going to betray Jesus.  They said to Jesus, one after another (καὶ λέγειν αὐτῷ εἷς κατὰ εἷς) that it was surely not any of them.  Each one declared in the first person singular “Surely!  Not I! (Μήτι ἐγώ)!”  Matthew also said that the 12 disciples became greatly distressed or pained (καὶ λυπούμενοι σφόδρα) on hearing that one of them was going to betray Jesus.  They began to say to Jesus, one after another (ρξαντο λέγειν αὐτῷ εἷς ἕκαστος) that it was surely not any of them.  Each one declared in the first person singular “It is not I, Lord (Μήτι ἐγώ εἰμι, Κύριε)!”  Mark did not have them say “Lord!” as Matthew indicated.  John simply said the apostles were uncertain about whom Jesus was speaking about, a little like Luke here.  No one came forward to say that he was the betrayer of Jesus.  Would you admit it, if you were going to betray someone?

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