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Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me ° this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

26:31 it is written. This is in fulfillment of Zechariah 13:7. Despite all Jesus had done in trying to prepare His disciples for these events, His arrest seemed to take them by surprise and to discourage them so much that they all “forsook Him and fled” when it happened (Matthew 26:56).

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