Matthew 27:27

Jesus Is Mocked

27 1Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the 2governor's headquarters,[a] and they gathered the whole 3battalion[b] before him.

Matthew 27:27 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:27

Then the soldiers of the governor
Those that were about him, his attendants and guards,

took Jesus into the common hall;
the "praetorium", or judgment hall, as it is sometimes called; the governor's palace, into which the Jews would not enter, lest they should defile themselves: Pilate therefore came out to them, and went into the pavement called Gabbatha, and sat upon a judgment seat there; see ( John 18:28 John 18:29 ) ( John 19:13 ) , where he passed sentence on Christ; which being done, the soldiers took him into the hall of judgment; which being both magnificent and large, was fit for the scene they intended to act there. Munster's Hebrew Gospel reads it, they took him "in the house of judgment"; and the Ethiopic version renders it, "out of the court of judicature"; both wrong.

And gathered unto him whole band [of soldiers];
the same that Judas had with him to take him, consisting of five hundred, and some say more: these their fellow soldiers, to whom Jesus was committed, got together to him, or "against him", as the Syriac and Persic versions render it, make themselves sport and diversion with him. Think in what hands and company our dear Lord now was: now was he encompassed with dogs, and enclosed with the assembly of the wicked indeed; see ( Psalms 22:16 ) . The Persic version renders it, "multitudes of knaves being gathered together to him".

Matthew 27:27 In-Context

25 And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.
28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

Cross References 3

  • 1. For ver. 27-31, see Mark 15:16-20; John 19:2, 3
  • 2. John 18:28, 33; John 19:9; Acts 23:35; Philippians 1:13(Gk.)
  • 3. See Acts 10:1(Gk.)

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Greek the praetorium
  • [b]. Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men