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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 23:50-56

We have here an account of Christ's burial; for he must be brought not only to death, but to the dust of death (Ps. 22:15), according to the sentence (Gen. 3:19), To the dust thou shalt return. Observe, I. Who buried him. His acquaintance stood afar off; they had neither money to bear the charge nor courage to bear the odium of burying him decently; but God raised up one that had both, a man named Joseph, Luke 23:50. His character is that he was a good man and a just, a man of unspotted... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 23:50-56

23:50-56 Look you--there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin, a good and a just man. He had not consented to their counsel and their action. He came from Arimathaea, a town of the Jews, and he lived in expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. He took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a rockhewn tomb where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women, who had... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 23:54

And that day was the preparation ,.... Both for the sabbath, and for the "Chagigah", or grand festival, which they kept on the fifteenth day of the month, in a very pompous manner; so that the day following was an high day; and the sabbath drew on , or "shone out"; which is so said, though it was evening, on account of the lights, which were every where, in every house, lighted up at this time, and which they were, by their traditions, obliged to: for so run their canons F3 Misn.... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 23:54

And the Sabbath drew on - Or, The Sabbath was lighting up, επεφωσκε , i.e. with the candles which the Jews light just before six in the evening, when the Sabbath commences. The same word is used for the dawning of the day, Matthew 28:1 . Wakefield. The Jews always lighted up candles on the Sabbath; and it was a solemn precept that, "if a man had not bread to eat, he must beg from door to door to get a little oil to set up his Sabbath light." The night of the Sabbath drew on, which the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 23:47-56

Friday night until Sunday morning. " It is finished ! " But there are witnesses to the solemnity of the moment and the significance of the word, whose testimony gives weight to the voice of conscience. The rumble and reel of the earth-quake are felt. When "the loud voice" is uttered, the veil which separates the most holy from the holy place is torn in two; an ominous darkness covers the city; there is a crash as of rending rocks and opening tombs, and strange forms, as of those who... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 23:47-56

The consequences of our Savior's death. Our Lord died in the light. The disappearance of the darkness before his decease was an outward symbol of the light and serenity which came across his spirit. His departure exercised a powerful influence upon all around the cross. Let us notice the consequences of the death, as detailed by Luke. I. THE ROMAN CENTURION WAS CONVINCED OF CHRIST 'S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND DIVINE SONSHIP . The smiting on the breast was a sign of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 23:50-56

The entombment. The sequence of events which immediately followed the death of Christ appears to have been as follows. Our Lord expired apparently soon after 3 p.m. The "even" alluded to by St. Matthew and St. Mark began at 3 p.m. and lasted till sunset, about 6 p.m., when the sabbath commenced. Some time, then, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Joseph of Arima-thaea went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. The governor was surprised, not at the request, but at hearing that Jesus was dead... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 23:54

And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on . It was the preparation for the sabbath, but more especially for the great Passover Feast. St. John, for this reason, calls the coming sabbath "a high day." Drew on ; literally began to dawn ; although the sabbath began at sunset, the whole time of darkness was regarded as anticipatory of the dawn. The evening of Friday was sometimes even called "the daybreak." read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 23:50-56

See the Matthew 27:57-61 notes; Mark 15:42-47 notes. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 23:50-56

Luke 23:50-56. There was a man named Joseph, a good man, and a just One who united in his character the two great principles of morality justice and benevolence. The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them Though he was a member of the council which condemned Jesus, he did not join them in their unjust sentence, having either declined being present when the sentence was passed, or having remonstrated against it. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus, ... read more

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