Matthew 27:39

39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

Matthew 27:39 in Other Translations

39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
39 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery.
39 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament:
39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads

Matthew 27:39 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:39

And they that passed by
In the road to or from Jerusalem; for, it seems, the crosses were placed by the wayside; or they who passed by the cross, the populace that came from Jerusalem, on purpose to see the sight,

reviled him,
or "blasphemed him": they spoke all manner of evil of him, they could think of, to which he answered not a word; and which may teach us patience under the revilings of men: this was foretold of him, ( Psalms 89:51 ) , "they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed", or "Messiah"; and which Jarchi explains by (ypwo) , "the ends of the king Messiah"; his last times, towards the close of his days; and cites that passage in the Misna F26,

``in the heels, or, as Buxtorf renders it, in the end of the days of the Messiah impudence shall be multiplied,''

as it now was exceedingly:

wagging their heads;
in derision of him, and as exulting in his misery; see ( Isaiah 37:22 ) ( Lamentations 2:15 ) . This also was prophesied of him in ( Psalms 22:7 ) .


F26 Sota, c. 9. sect. 15.

Matthew 27:39 In-Context

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.
39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads
40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 22:7; Psalms 109:25; Lamentations 2:15
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