Robertson's Word Pictures (NT)
Even now (arti). Just now, at this very moment.
Legions (legiwnav). A Latin word. Roman soldiers in large numbers were in Palestine later in AD 66, but they were in Caesarea and in the tower of Antonia in Jerusalem. A full Roman legion had 6,100 foot and 726 horse in the time of Augustus. But Jesus sees more than twelve legions at his command (one for each apostle) and shows his undaunted courage in this crisis. One should recall the story of Elisha at Dothan (II Kings 6:17).
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