Was set (ekeito). Imperfect middle. John, as eyewitness, had noticed it there. Of vinegar (oxou). Not vinegar drugged with myrrh ( Mark 15:23 ) and gall ( Matthew 27:34 ) which Jesus had refused just before the crucifixion. Sponge (spoggon). Old word, in N.T. only here, Mark 15:36 ; Matthew 27:48 , our "sponge." They put (periqente). Second aorist active participle of peritiqhmi, to place around. Upon hyssop (usswpwi). A reed (kalamwi) as Mark and Matthew have it. The reed of the hyssop bush was only three or four feet long.