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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 27:57-66

We have here an account of Christ's burial, and the manner and circumstances of it, concerning which observe, 1. The kindness and good will of his friends that laid him in the grave. 2. The malice and ill will of his enemies that were very solicitous to keep him there. I. His friends gave him a decent burial. Observe, 1. In general, that Jesus Christ was buried; when his precious soul was gone to paradise, his blessed body was deposited in the chambers of the grave, that he might answer the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 27:62-66

27:62-66 On the next day, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came to Pilate in a body. "Sir," they said, "we remember that, while he was still alive, that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' Give orders therefore that the tomb should be kept secure until the three days are ended, in case his disciples come and steal him, and say to the people, 'He has been raised from among the dead.' If that happens, the final deception will be worse than... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 27:64

Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure ,.... By this also they own, that he was buried; and they knew in what, and whose sepulchre he was laid, and where it was; and request of Pilate, that as he had given leave to Joseph to take the body and inter it, that he would also give orders that the sepulchre might be watched, that no body might come near it, and remove the body, and that until the third day : not from the time they made this request, but from the time of Christ's... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 27:64

Lest his disciples come by night - Νυκτος , by night, is wanting in ten of the uncial MSS., and in several others, and in most of the versions. Erasmus, Aldus, Bengel, and Boghard, with Griesbach, leave it out of the text. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:57-66

The Lord's grave. I. THE BURIAL . 1 . Joseph of Arimathaea. He was a rich man and a counsellor. Like Nicodemus, he believed in Christ; but, like Nicodemus, he had not had the courage to avow his convictions. His rank, perhaps, and his riches had kept him back. It was hard for a man in his position to espouse the cause of the despised Prophet of Nazareth. He had, perhaps, absented himself from the council at which the Lord was condemned. He would not take part in that awful crime,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:57-66

The treatment of the body of Christ. The body of Christ is mystically taken to represent his Church (see 1 Corinthians 10:17 ; Ephesians 4:16 ; Colossians 1:18 ). In this figure the fact is strongly set forth, viz. that Christ takes home to himself whatever treatment his Church may receive (see Proverbs 19:1-29 :31; Matthew 25:35-46 ; Acts 9:1 , Acts 9:4 , Acts 9:5 ). This also applies to individual members. And agreeably to this analogy, what was done to the literal body of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:62-66

The great sabbath. The sepulchre sealed and watched. (Peculiar to St. Matthew.) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 27:64

Command therefore. In consideration of the fact which we have stated, and of our apprehension of some imposture. The rulers had no power in themselves to take the measures which they required. Jesus was a state criminal, and they dared not assume the responsibility of guarding his tomb from invasion. Until the third day. Which was all that was necessary, as Christ had promised to rise on that day—neither before nor after it; and if it passed without the predicted event, he would be... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 27:64

Until the third day - That is, during two nights and the intervening day. This proves that when the Jews spoke of “three days,” they did not of necessity mean three “whole days,” but parts of three days, as was the case in our Saviour’s lying in the grave. See the notes at Matthew 12:40.The last error shall be worse than the first - That is, the last “deception,” or the taking him from the tomb, pretending that he rose, will have a wider influence among the people than the first, or his... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 27:62-66

Matthew 27:62-66. Now the next day; the day that followed the day of the preparation That is, after the sun was set, for the Jewish day began then. The day of preparation was the day before the sabbath, whereon they were to prepare for the celebration of it. The next day, then, (namely, Saturday,) was the sabbath, according to the Jews. But the evangelist seems to express it by this circumlocution, to show that the Jewish sabbath was then abolished. The chief priests, &c., came... read more

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