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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 26:36-46

Hitherto, we have seen the preparatives for Christ's sufferings; now, we enter upon the bloody scene. In these verses we have the story of his agony in the garden. This was the beginning of sorrows to our Lord Jesus. Now the sword of the Lord began to awake against the man that was his Fellow; and how should it be quiet when the Lord had given it a charge? The clouds had been gathering a good while, and looked black. He had said, some days before, Now is my soul troubled, John 12:27. But now... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 26:36-46

26:36-46 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go away and pray in this place." So he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be distressed and in sore trouble. Then he said to them, "My soul is much distressed with a distress like death. Stay here, and watch with me." He went a little way forward and fell on his face in prayer. "My Father," He said, "if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. But let it be not... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 26:37

And he took with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee ,.... James and John, who perhaps were the strongest, and best able to bear the shocking sight, and were his favourite disciples; who were admitted to be with him at other times, when the rest were not; as at the raising of Jairus's daughter, Mark 5:37 , and moreover, these were at his transfiguration on the mount, Matthew 17:1 , which was a representation and presage of his glory; and so were very proper persons to be witnesses of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 26:37

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee - That is, James and John; the same persons who had beheld his transfiguration on the mount - that they might contemplate this agony in the light of that glory which they had there seen; and so be kept from being stumbled by a view of his present humiliation. Began to be sorrowful - Λυπεισθαι , from λυω , to dissolve - exquisite sorrow, such as dissolves the natural vigor, and threatens to separate soul and body. And very... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 26:37

Verse 37 37.He began to be affected with grief. We have seen that our Lord formerly contended with the fear of death; but as he now fights face to face with temptation, such an attack is called the beginning of grief and sorrow. Hence we infer that the true test of virtue is only to be found when the contest begins; for then the weakness of the flesh, which was formerly concealed, shows itself, and the secret feelings are abundantly displayed. Thus, though God had already tried his Son by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:14-50

Judas. By piecing together what the various Gospels tell us about Judas, we can see the process by which our Lord separated him from the rest. 1 . Our Lord indicated that among the disciples there was a traitor. Unable to detect the conscious look of guilt in the face of any of his companions, each, conscious of the deep, unfathomed capacity for evil in his own heart, can but frankly ask the Master, "Lord, is it I?" But there was one of them who did not join in the question. 2 .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:31-46

The Mount of Olives. I. THE CONVERSATION BY THE WAY . 1 . The Lord ' s prediction that all should forsake him. Partly in the upper room, partly on the way, the Lord had uttered those most sacred and precious words which St. John was led by the Holy Spirit to preserve in those chapters which have well been called the holiest of the holy. St. Matthew relates only one thing which passed as they went in the late evening, in the solemn light of the Paschal moon, their hearts,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:36-46

The agedly of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. ( Mark 14:32-42 ; Luke 22:39-46 ; John 18:1 .) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:36-46

The agony in the garden. Jesus, with his apostles, after the eventful moonlight walk from Jerusalem, came to a place at the foot of the Mount of Olives, called "Gethsemane," or the oil presses. Here he entered upon a scene the moral grandeur of which is only exceeded by that of Calvary. The olive in the oil press, like the grape in the wine press, was trodden (see Micah 6:15 ). The sufferings of the Lord in the garden were purely mental; those on the cross were physical also. Meditate... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:37

Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. These three had been privileged to behold his transfiguration, and that glimpse of his glory strengthened them to bear the partial sight of their dear Lord's sufferings. Did his human heart crave for sympathy, and did he desire not to be utterly alone at this awful crisis? We may well suppose so, as he was true Man, with all man's feelings and sensibilities. Began to be sorrowful and very heavy ( ἀδημονεῖν , to be sore dismayed ) . This word seems... read more

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