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Malchus

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(mal' kuhss) Personal name meaning “king,” common among the Idumaeans and Palmyrenes, especially for their kings or tribal chiefs. High priest's servant whose ear Peter cut off (John 18:10 ). The name is unusual for slaves who commonly had names such as Onesimus (“Useful”; Philippians 1:10-11 ). Perhaps the slave was chief of the Temple guard. Only Luke recorded the healing of the ear (Luke 22:51 ). Possibly Luke desired to stress Jesus' compassion in the midst of His passion (compare Luke 23:28 ,Luke 23:28,23:34 ,Luke 23:34,23:43 ) or respect shown to the high priest and his representative (compare Acts 23:4 ).


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Malchus'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/m/malchus.html. 1991.

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