“Jesus took with him
To be distressed
καὶ παραλαμβάνει τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τὸν Ἰάκωβον καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην μετ’ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἤρξατο ἐκθαμβεῖσθαι καὶ ἀδημονεῖν,
This is almost word for word in Matthew, chapter 26:37, where James and John were simply called the sons of Zebedee. In Luke, chapter 22, and in John, chapter 18, there was no mention of these 3 favorite apostles being separated from the others. Mark indicated that Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John (καὶ παραλαμβάνει τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τὸν Ἰάκωβον καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην μετ’ αὐτοῦ). These were the same 3 apostles who were with Jesus at the transfiguration. Jesus then began to be grieved, pained, sorrowful, troubled, awestruck, distressed, and agitated (καὶ ἤρξατο ἐκθαμβεῖσθαι καὶ ἀδημονεῖν). This story showed the vulnerability of Jesus in his suffering.
“Jesus took with him
And the two sons
To be grieved
Then he said to them.
‘I am deeply sorrowful,
Even to death.
Watching with me!’”
καὶ παραλαβὼν τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τοὺς δύο υἱοὺς Ζεβεδαίου ἤρξατο λυπεῖσθαι καὶ ἀδημονεῖν.
τότε λέγει αὐτοῖς Περίλυπός ἐστιν ἡ ψυχή μου ἕως θανάτου· μείνατε ὧδε καὶ γρηγορεῖτε μετ’ ἐμοῦ.
This is almost word for word in Mark, chapter 14:33-34, but James and John are named rather than called the sons of Zebedee. In Luke, chapter 22, and in John, chapter 18, there is no mention of these 3 apostles being separated from the others. Matthew and Mark said that Jesus took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (καὶ παραλαβὼν τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τοὺς δύο υἱοὺς Ζεβεδαίου), that is James and John. Jesus began to be grieved, pained, sorrowful, troubled, distressed, and agitated (ἤρξατο λυπεῖσθαι καὶ ἀδημονεῖν). Both these gospel writers showed the vulnerability of Jesus in his suffering. Then Jesus said to these 3 apostles (τότε λέγει αὐτοῖς) that his soul was very sorrowful, deeply grieved (Περίλυπός ἐστιν ἡ ψυχή μου), even unto death (ἕως θανάτου). He wanted them to stay there (μείνατε ὧδε) to watch or remain vigilant with him (καὶ γρηγορεῖτε μετ’ ἐμοῦ). Thus, began the so-called agony of Jesus in the garden.
Put on strength!
O arm of Yahweh!
As in days of old!
The generations of long ago!
Did you not cut Rahab in pieces?
Did you not pierce the dragon?
Did you not dry up the sea?
Did you not dry up the waters of the great deep?
Did you not make the depths of the sea
In a way for the redeemed to cross over?
The ransomed of Yahweh shall return.
They will come to Zion with singing.
Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads.
They shall obtain joy.
They shall obtain gladness.
Sorrow shall flee away.
Sighing shall flee away.”
Second Isaiah has a plea for the arm of Yahweh to act again as he had done in Egypt at the time of the Exodus. He had cut up Rahab, the sea monster name for Egypt. He had pierced the dragon in mythological terms. He dried up the waters, so that the redeemed of Israel could cross over. These same ransomed people will now come to Zion singing with joy. They will be joyful and glad and not sorrowful or sighing. Yahweh will intervene again on their behalf.
“A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance.
But by the sorrow of the heart
The spirit is broken.
The mind of him who has understanding
But the mouths of fools
Feed on folly.
All the days of the poor are evil.
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
If you happy inside, in your heart, it will show on your face. If you have a sorrowful heart, your spirit is broken. The understanding people seek knowledge. However fools feed on folly and foolishness. All the days of the poor of heart are evil, while the cheerful heart has a continual festival.