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Dictionaries :: Malchus

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Malchus:

reigning, the personal servant or slave of the high priest Caiaphas. He is mentioned only by John. Peter cut off his right ear in the garden of Gethsemane (Jhn 18:10). But our Lord cured it with a touch (Mat 26:51; Mar 14:47; Luk 22:51). This was the last miracle of bodily cure wrought by our Lord. It is not mentioned by John.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Malchus:

my king, kingdom, or counselor

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Malchus:

mal'-kus (Malchos, from melekh, i.e. "counselor" or "king"): The name of the servant of the high priest Caiaphas whose right ear was smitten off by Simon Peter at the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (compare Mt 26:51; Mr 14:47; Lu 22:50; Joh 18:10). It is noteworthy that Luke "the physician" alone gives an account of the healing of the wound (Lu 22:51). As Jesus "touched his ear, and healed him," the ear was not entirely severed from the head. The words of Jesus, "Suffer ye thus far," may have been addressed either to the disciples, i.e. "Suffer ye that I thus far show kindness to my captors," or to those about to bind him, i.e. asking a short respite to heal Malchus. They were not addressed directly to Peter, as the Greek form is plural, whereas in Mt 26:52; Joh 18:11, where, immediately after the smiting of Malchus, Jesus does address Peter, the singular form is used; nor do the words of Jesus there refer to the healing but to the action of his disciple. A kinsman of Malchus, also a servant of the high priest, was one of those who put the questions which made Peter deny Jesus (Joh 18:26).

Written by C. M. Kerr

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Malchus:

(king or kingdom) the name of the servant of the high priest whose right ear Peter cut off at the time of the Saviour's apprehension in the garden (Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:17; Luke 22:49; 22:51; John 18:10).

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