And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
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Cornelius a Lapide
And a certain young man followed him having a linen cloth cast round about his naked body; and they laid hold on him. That Isaiah , he was clothed (amictus, Vulg.) with a linen vest over his naked body. It is plain, from the word amictus, that this piece of linen was a kind of linen garment, fitting the body, but so that it might easily be put on and off the back. This is also clear from Pollux, who calls the linen cloth Ï€ÎµÎ¶Î¹Î²ÏŒÎ»Î±Î¹Î¿Î½, i.e, a veil, a cloak, a covering.
You will ask who this young man was: 1st S. Epiphanius (Hres78) and S. Jerome, or whoever the author is on Ps. xxxviii, think that he was James the Lord"s brother.
2nd Bede and S. Chrysostom, S. Ambrose, S. Gregory, and Baronius think it was S. John; for he was a youth, and the youngest of the Apostles. But that it was neither John nor James , nor any of the Apostles, is plain from this, that Mark has just before said, ver50 , then all His disciples, meaning, Apostles, forsook Him and fled.
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