Matthew 27:39

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

Read Matthew 27:39 Using Other Translations

And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery.

What does Matthew 27:39 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.
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