Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 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.