Luke 23:48

48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.

Read Luke 23:48 Using Other Translations

And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.

What does Luke 23:48 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 23:48

And all the people that came together to that sight
To see the execution of Jesus; and some of them might be his inveterate enemies, and came to insult him, and did insult him; many of these, though not every individual of them:

beholding the things which were done;
the eclipse, earthquake

smote their breasts;
as conscious of guilt, and as fearing some dreadful judgment would fall upon them, and their nation, for this sin of crucifying Christ. The Persic version reads, "they went back, and kneeled down, and prostrated themselves to the ground"; as being in the utmost astonishment, confusion, fear, and dread:

and returned;
to the city, and to their own houses, where they might more seriously, and with the greater composure of mind, reflect on these things.

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