John 18:6

“As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Assoone then as he had said vnto them, I am he, they went backeward, and fell to the ground.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So when He said to them, "I am {He,} they drew back and fell to the ground."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When therefore he said unto them, I am `he', they went backward, and fell to the ground.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth.
- Basic English Bible

When therefore he said to them, I am [he], they went away backward and fell to the ground.
- Darby Bible

As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
- Webster's Bible

As soon then as He said to them, "I am he," they went backwards and fell to the ground.
- Weymouth Bible

When therefore he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground.
- World English Bible

And whanne he seide to hem, Y am, thei wenten abak, and fellen doun on the erthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

when, therefore, he said to them -- `I am [he],' they went away backward, and fell to the ground.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 18:6


18:6 As soon as he said, I am he, they went backward and fell to the ground - How amazing is it, that they should renew the assault, after so sensible an experience both of his power and mercy! But probably the priests among them might persuade themselves and their attendants, that this also was done by Beelzebub; and that it was through the providence of God, not the indulgence of Jesus, that they received no farther damage.


People's Bible Notes for John 18:6


Joh 18:6 They went backward, and fell to the ground. This statement of John is omitted by the other gospels. As Christ answers them, either his majesty and their own terror so impressed them, that, awed, they fell backward to the earth, or his divine power was exerted to prostrate them. Then the Lord submitted himself "as a lamb to the slaughter" (Isa 53:7 Jer 11:19 Ac 8:32), and his power is not again exerted until he rises from the tomb, except to heal the smitten servant of the high priest.

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