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A depiction of Peter striking Malchus (circa 1520, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon).
There was also another Malchus, a Byzantine historian who wrote a history from Constantine to Anastasius I in 7 books.

In the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Bible, Malchus is the servant of the Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas, who participated in the arrest of Jesus. According to John, one of the disciples, the Apostle Peter, being armed with a sword, cut off the servant's ear in an attempt to prevent his Master's arrest.

The story is related in all four gospels, John 18:10–11; Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; and Luke 22:51, but the servant and the disciple are named only in John. Also, Luke is the only gospel that says Jesus healed the ear.

The relevant passage in the Gospel of John, KJV, reads:

Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the scabbard: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

The story is often used to illustrate Jesus' rejection of violence and surrender to God's will.

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Meaning: reigning

Tthe personal servant or slave of the high priest Caiaphas, whose right ear Peter cut off ear in the garden of Gethsemane (Jn 18:10; Mt 26:51; Mk 14:47; Lk 22:51).

He is named only by John, possibly confirming John's close acquaintance with Caiaphas's household (cf. Jn 18:15).

Although all three synoptics record Peter's actions, only Luke records Jesus curing the ear. This is the last healing miracle recorded in the Gospels.

Malchus is an Arab name occuring regularly in Palmyrene and Nabatean inscriptions.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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