John 19:33

33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

John 19:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
ESV
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
NLT
33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs.
MSG
33 When they got to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn't break his legs.
CSB
33 When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that He was already dead.

John 19:33 Meaning and Commentary

John 19:33

But when they came to Jesus
Whom they passed by before, and now returned to; this they did not out of tenderness to him, but that he might be the longer in his torture, and whom they reserved till last, that they might use him with the greater cruelty and barbarity:

and saw that he was dead already;
as they might, from the bowing down of his head, the ghastliness of his countenance, the falling of his jaws, and other signs:

they brake not his legs;
there being no occasion for it, nor would it have answered any end, were they ever so spiteful and malicious against him; though the true reason was, and which restrained them from it, divine providence would not suffer them to do it.

John 19:33 In-Context

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.
33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.