Matthew 27:36

36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

Matthew 27:36 in Other Translations

36 And sitting down they watched him there;
36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
36 Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there.
36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.

Matthew 27:36 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:36

And sitting down, they watched him there.
] That is, the soldiers, after they had crucified Jesus, and parted his garments, sat down on the ground at the foot of the cross, and there watched him, lest his disciples should take him down; though there was no need to fear that, since they were few, and weak, and wanted courage, and were in the utmost dread and consternation themselves; or lest the people, who were very changeable with respect to Christ, one day saying Hosanna to the son of David, and another day crucify him, crucify him, should once more change their sentiments of him, and through pity to him rise and take him down; or rather, lest Jesus himself should, by his miraculous power, unloose himself, come down, and make his escape. It was usual with the Romans to set a soldier, or soldiers, to watch those that were crucified, not only before they expired, but after they were dead, lest they should be took down and buried; as appears from Petronius, Plutarch, and others F23. This seems to be the watch Pilate refers to, ( Matthew 27:65 ) , and over which there was a centurion, ( Matthew 27:54 ) .


F23 Vid. Lipsium de Cruce, l. 2. c. 16. & Lydium. de re militari, l. 5. c. 4. p. 191. Kirchman. de funeribus Rom. append. c. 9. p. 726.

Matthew 27:36 In-Context

34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.
37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

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