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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

John 13:26

He (ekeinov).
Emphatic pronoun again.

For whom I shall dip the sop (wi egw bapsw to pswmion).
Dative case of the relative (wi) and future active of baptw, to dip (Luke 16:24). Pswmion is a diminutive of pswmov, a morsel, a common Koine word (in the papyri often), in N.T. only in this passage. It was and is in the orient a token of intimacy to allow a guest to dip his bread in the common dish (cf. Ruth 2:14). So Mark 14:20. Even Judas had asked: "Is it I?" (Mark 14:19; Matthew 26:22).

Giveth it to Judas (didwsin Ioudai).
Unobserved by the others in spite of Christ's express language, because "it was so usual a courtesy" (Bernard), "the last appeal to Judas' better feeling" (Dods). Judas now knew that Jesus knew his plot.


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Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 13:26". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=013&verse=026>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.