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A depiction of Peter striking Malchus (circa 1520, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon).[1]

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

Simon cutting off Malchus' ear is related in all four canonical gospels, in Matthew 26:51, Mark 14:47, Luke 22:50-51, and John 18:1011, but Simon and Malchus are named only in the Gospel of John. Also, Luke is the only gospel that says Jesus healed the servant. This was Jesus' last recorded miracle prior to His resurrection.

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

10 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.
11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Later in Chapter 18, John records that a relative of Malchus witnessed Peter's assault in the Garden of Gethsemane, and identified Peter as a follower of Christ. Peter denied this.

Thornton Wilder wrote a short play entitled, "The Servant's Name Was Malchus." It appeared in the collection "The Angel That Troubled the Waters and Other Plays."

Malchus was portrayed by Paul Brightwell in the 2013 TV miniseries The Bible

"Malchus" is a book by W. G. Griffiths published in 2002 by RiverOaks Publishing.

See also

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  1. The picture wrongly shows Peter about to strike off his left ear. Both Luke 22:50 and John 18:10 say he "cut off his right ear".
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