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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 20:1-10

There was no one thing of which the apostles were more concerned to produce substantial proof than the resurrection of their Master, 1. Because it was that which he himself appealed to as the last and most cogent proof of his being the Messiah. Those that would not believe other signs were referred to this sign of the prophet Jonas. And therefore enemies were most solicitous to stifle the notice of this, because it was put on this issue, and, if he be risen, they are not only murderers, but... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 20:1-10

20:1-10 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary from Magdala came to the tomb; and she saw the stone taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and she said to them: "They have taken the Lord away from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they set out for the tomb. The two were running together. The other disciple ran... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 20:1-10

One of the illuminating things in this story is that Peter was still the acknowledged leader of the apostolic band. It was to him that Mary went. In spite of his denial of Jesus--and a story like that would not be long in being broadcast--Peter was still the leader. We often talk of Peter's weakness and instability, but there must have been something outstanding about a man who could face his fellow-men after that disastrous crash into cowardice; there must have been something about a man whom... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 20:7

And the napkin that was about his head ,.... The word σουδαριον , rendered "napkin", is thought to be originally Latin, and signifies an handkerchief, with which the sweat is wiped off the face, and so it is used in Acts 19:12 but Nonnus says it is a common word with the Syrians, and the word סודרא is used in the Syriac version; and which he renders, κεφαλης ζωστηρα , "the girdle, or binding of the head", for with this the head and face of the dead person were bound; see John 11:44 ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 20:7

Wrapped together in a place by itself - The providence of God ordered these very little matters, so that they became the fullest proofs against the lie of the chief priests, that the body had been stolen away by the disciples. If the body had been stolen away, those who took it would not have stopped to strip the clothes from it, and to wrap them up, and lay them by in separate places. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 20:7

Verse 7 7.And the napkin which was about his head. When the Evangelist says, that a napkin was wrapped about his head, this refutes the falsehood of the Papists, who pretend that the whole body was sewed up in one linen garment, which they hold out to the wretched populace, calling it “the holy winding-sheet.” (194) I say nothing about their gross ignorance of the Latin language, which led them to suppose that the word napkin — denoting what was used for wiping the sweat from the face, such as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:1-10

(1) The process of John's own personal conviction, by the discovery that the sepulcher was deserted. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:1-10

The Resurrection: Peter and John at the sepulcher. We approach an event which bespeaks a new life for Christ and a new life for man. I. IT IS A WOMAN WHO IS FIRST AT THE TOMB ON THE RESURRECTION MORN . "The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher." 1. She evidently was not alone during the whole scene , but she seems to have reached the sepulcher before... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:1-31

2. The complete glorification of Jesus in his resurrection. The record pauses for the awful day of that great sabbath, and resumes the marvelous recital when the greatest event in the history of the world is assumed and asserted to have taken place. Heathen and foes admit the fact of the death of Jesus; the evidence is overwhelming, multiform, sufficient to establish itself to the ordinary reason of mankind. It is a matter of indubitable history. The proof was given to all the world; but... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 20:6-7

John stood gazing, waiting, wondering, and, while doing this, then cometh Simon Peter following him across the very garden which must have borne many marks of the dreadful tragedy that had been hurriedly terminated before the commencement of the sabbath. The expression, "following him," may refer to what Luke ( Luke 24:12 ) says that Peter did, viz. that he too stooped down and looked as John had done. £ Westcott says, "without a look or pause." But why need we suppose a point-blank... read more

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