Matthew 27:44

44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Matthew 27:44 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
English Standard Version (ESV)
44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
New Living Translation (NLT)
44 Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with him ridiculed him in the same way.
The Message Bible (MSG)
44 Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery.
American Standard Version (ASV)
44 And the robbers also that were crucified with him cast upon him the same reproach.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
44 Even the criminals crucified with him were insulting him the same way.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
44 In the same way the robbers who were being crucified with Jesus also made fun of him.

Matthew 27:44 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:44

The thieves also
One or other of them, not both; an Hebrew way of speaking, as Drusius F2 observed: so it is said of Jonah, ( Jonah 1:5 ) , that he was "gone down into the sides of the ship"; not into both sides, but into one or other of them: so here the thieves, one or other of them, not naming which, railed at Jesus, for it was but one of them; see ( Luke 23:39 ) , unless it can be thought, as it is by some, that they both at first reviled him; but one being quickly convinced of his evil, ceased, and rebuked his fellow sufferer, confessed his, sin, bore a testimony to the innocence of Christ, and desired to be remembered by him in his kingdom. This was an aggravation of the sufferings of Christ, that he should be vilified by those,

which were crucified with him;
who ought to have been, considering the condemnation they were in, and the future state they were just entering into, lamenting and confessing the sins they had been guilty of, instead of adding sin to sin, and so aggravating their condemnation. These, at least one of them,

cast the same into his teeth;
as the populace, the chief priests, Scribes, elders, and Pharisees had done; twitted him with his pretensions of being the Son of God, the Messiah, and king of Israel; and urged, that if he was, why did not he save himself, and them also?


F2 Quaest. Heb. l. 1. qu. 5.

Matthew 27:44 In-Context

42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
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