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Jesus prays in Gethsemane
Jesus prayed in the garden while Peter, James and John slept.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bloody Sweat
Bloody Sweat. In Lk. 22:44 Our Lord’s agony at Gethsemane is described with the words: “His sweat became like great drops of blood [Gk. hōseí thrómboi haímatos] falling down upon the ground.” Most writers take this to mean that the perspiration dropped in the same manner as clots of blood drop from
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bloody Sweat
BLOODY SWEAT* Rare medical condition called hemohydrosis, thought to result from hemorrhage of small blood vessels into the sweat glands. It occurs only in extreme emotional stress and is of biblical interest because of the reference to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before his betrayal: “And being
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bloody Sweat
BLOODY SWEAT. The expression comes from the statement in Lk 22:44, “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood.” Only Luke, a physician (Col 4:14), tells of this unusual phenomenon in the agony of Christ in Gethsename. Many insist that his statement was written in medical terminology (e.g., W. K.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bloody Sweat
Bloody Sweat. At Luke 22:44 Jesus’ agony is compared to sweat falling to the ground “like great drops of blood (Gk. hōseí thrómboi haímatos;).” Although the metaphor has been variously understood, the use of Gk. hōseí; to introduce comparison fits well with the style of this gospel and supports
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Sweat Bloody
Sweat, Bloody. One of the physical phenomena attending our Lord’s agony in the garden of Gethsemane is described by St. Luke, Luke 22:44: “His sweat was as it were great drops (lit. clots) of blood falling down to the ground.” Of this malady, known in medical science by the term diapedesis, there have
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bloody Sweat
BLOODY SWEAT. In recording the scene in Gethsemane Luke says that our Lord’s sweat “became like drops of blood falling down upon the ground” (22:44). These words are understood by many to express merely a comparison between the size and density of the drops of sweat and those of blood. But blood is properly
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Bloody Sweat
BLOODY SWEAT — Jesus’ heavy drops of perspiration as He agonized in prayer over His approaching death (Luke 22:44). Luke did not mean to imply that Jesus literally sweat blood. Rather, His distress was so great that drops of sweat fell from His brow like blood runs from a deep wound. This shows clearly
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BLOODY SWEAT
BLOODY SWEAT<swet> [ὡσεί θρόμβοι αἱματος, hosei thromboi haimatos]): Described in Luke 22:44 as a physical accompaniment of our Lord’s agony at Gethsemane (on the passage, which is absent in some manuscripts, see Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in Greek). Many old writers take this to mean
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Bloody Sweat
bloody sweat. While praying in Gethsemane, according to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus was in anguish and “his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Lk. 22:44). There has been disagreement as to what Luke means. Are these words merely a figurative way of describing Jesus’ suffering? If literal
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Bloody Sweat
BLOODY SWEAT, swet (ὡσεί θρόμβοι αἱματος, hōseí thrómboi haímatos): Described in Lk 22:44 as a physical accompaniment of Our Lord’s agony at Gethsemane (on the passage, which is absent in some MSS, see WH). Many old writers take this to mean that the perspiration dropped in the same manner as clots
Key passages
Mt 26:36–46

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be distressed and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, …

Mk 14:32–42

And they came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took along Peter and James and John with him, and he began to be distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death. …

Lk 22:39–46

And he went away and proceeded, according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw …

Jn 18:1

When Jesus had said these things, he went out with his disciples to the other side of the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden into which he and his disciples entered.

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