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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 27:33-49

We have here the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. I. The place where our Lord Jesus was put to death. 1. They came to a place called Golgotha, near adjoining to Jerusalem, probably the common place of execution. If he had had a house of his own in Jerusalem, probably, for his greater disgrace, they would have crucified him before his own door. But now in the same place where criminals were sacrificed to the justice of the government, was our Lord Jesus sacrificed to the justice of God. Some... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 27:32-44

27:32-44 As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man, Simon by name, and they impressed him into their service, to bear Jesus' Cross. When they had come to the place which is called Golgotha (which means the Place of a Skull), they offered him wine mingled with gall to drink, and, when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots for them; and as they sat there, they watched him. Above his head they placed a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 27:40

And saying, thou that destroyest the temple ,.... The Vulgate Latin, and Munster's Hebrew Gospel, read, "the temple of God"; and add "ah!" here, as in Mark 15:29 , and so Beza says it is read in a certain copy. They refer to the charge of the false witnesses against him, who misrepresenting his words in John 2:19 , declared that he gave out that he was able to destroy the temple of Jerusalem, and rebuild it in three days time; wherefore it is added, and buildest it in three days, save... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 27:40

Thou that destroyest - Who didst pretend that thou couldst have destroyed the temple, and built it up again in three days. This malicious torturing of our Lord's words has been noticed before. Cruelty is obliged to take refuge in lies, in order to vindicate its infamous proceedings. If thou be the Son of God - Or rather, Υἱος του Θεου A son of God, i.e. a peculiar favorite of the Most-High; not Ὁ Υἱος του Θεου , The Son of God. "It is not to be conceived," says a learned man,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 27:40

Verse 40 40.Thou who destroyedst the temple. They charge Christ with teaching falsehood, because, now that it is called for, he does not actually display the power to which he laid claim. But if their unbridled propensity to cursing had not deprived them of sense and reason, they would shortly afterwards have perceived clearly the truth of his statement. Christ had said, Destroy this temple, and after three days I will raise it up, (John 2:19;) but now they indulge in a premature triumph,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:32-44

The reproach of the cross. Upon the release of the infamous Barabbas, the innocent and righteous Jesus was delivered to be crucified; and now we see him suffering the reproach of the cross. I. THE CROSS ITSELF WAS A REPROACH , 1 . It was a symbol of shame . 2 . It was an instrument of shame . II. REPROACH WAS ASSOCIATED WITH IT . 1 . In the place of the crucifixion . 2 . In the inscription on the cross . 3 . In the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:34-44

The Crucifixion and the mockery. ( Mark 15:23-32 ; Luke 23:32-43 ; John 19:18-24 .) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:35-50

The Crucifixion. I. THE ROMAN SOLDIERS . 1 . They crucified him. The evangelists relate the awful deed with that grand simplicity which is characteristic of Holy Scripture. There is no rhetorical description, nothing sensational in their accounts. But it was beyond all comparison the most stupendous event that has ever happened on this earth of ours. They crucified him. He was the Son of God, the Word of the Father, by whom all things were made. He was the Brightness of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:40

Saying . Some manuscripts (but not the best) insert οὐα ì after "saying." So the Vulgate ( vah! ) and other versions. But it seems to he derived from the parallel passage in Mark. What the evangelist gives is only a specimen of the insults hurled at the meek Sufferer, who looked for some to take pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but found none ( Psalms 69:20 ). Thou that destroyest the temple , etc. They shamelessly revive the old accusation ( Matthew 26:61 ; ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 27:40

Thou that destroyest the temple ... - Meaning, Thou that didst boast that thou couldst do it. This was one of the things that had been falsely charged on him. It was intended for painful sarcasm and derision. If he could destroy the “temple,” they thought he might easily come down from the cross. read more

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