Easton's Bible Dictionary
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 ( John 18:10 ). But our Lord cured it with a touch ( Matthew 26:51
; Mark 14:47 ; Luke 22:51 ). This was the last miracle of bodily cure wrought
by our Lord. It is not mentioned by John.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(king or kingdom), The name of the servant of the high
priest whose right ear Peter cut off at the time of the Saviours apprehension
in the garden. ( Matthew 26:51 ; Mark 14:17 ; Luke 22:49 , 22:51 ; John 18:10
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
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
Matthew 26:51 ; Mark 14:47 ; Luke 22:50 ; John 18:10). It is noteworthy that Luke
"the physician" alone gives an account of the healing of the wound (Luke 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
Matthew 26:52 ; John 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 (John 18:26).
C. M. Kerr
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