Mark 16:2

2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb.

Mark 16:2 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 16:2

And very early in the morning, the first day of the week,
&c.] (See Gill on Matthew 28:1).

They came to the sepulchre at the rising of the sun;
of the sun of righteousness, as Mr. Mede observes; or rather, of the natural sun: for though it was dark when they set out, and when it dawned towards the first day, yet by that time that they all got to the sepulchre, the sun was rising; the Jews say F7, that

``from the ascending of the morning, or break of day, until the sun rises, is an hour and a half.''

And so much time may very well be allowed the women, from their setting out, to their coming to the sepulchre. Moreover, they say {h}, that

``from the hind of the morning, to the time the east is enlightened, a man may walk four miles, and from the time that the east is enlightened, (hmxh Untv de) , "until the sun rises", four miles.''

But women must not be thought to walk so fast: let it be observed, that Christ, who is called the hind of the morning, ( Psalms 22:1 ) (title, "Aijeleth Shahar"), and the morning star, ( Revelation 22:16 ) , rose at this time.


F7 Piske Tosaphot in Pesach. art. 44.
F8 T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 2. 3. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 50. fol. 45. 2.

Mark 16:2 In-Context

1 After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus.
2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb.
3 On the way they said to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" (It was a very large stone.) Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back.
5 So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe - and they were alarmed.
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.