“The disciples began
To look at each other.
They were uncertain
Jesus was speaking.”
ἔβλεπον εἰς ἀλλήλους οἱ μαθηταὶ ἀπορούμενοι περὶ τίνος λέγει.
Then John indicated that the disciples (οἱ μαθηταὶ) began to look at each other (ἔβλεπον εἰς ἀλλήλους). They were uncertain or perplexed (ἀπορούμενοι) about whom Jesus was speaking (περὶ τίνος λέγει). The synoptics had something similar, but the disciples were more proactive. Mark, chapter 14:19, said that the twelve 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, chapter 26:22, was similar, almost word for word, to Mark. The twelve 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)!” Matthew had the title “Lord” but Mark did not. Luke, chapter 22:23, said that the twelve 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)? John simply said the apostles were uncertain about whom Jesus was speaking about, closer to Luke. There was no bid fuss like in Matthew and Mark. No one came forward to say that he was the betrayer of Jesus. Would you admit it, if you were going to betray someone?