Matthew 27:63

63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’

Matthew 27:63 in Other Translations

KJV
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
ESV
63 and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise.'
NLT
63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’
MSG
63 They said, "Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be raised.'
CSB
63 and said, "Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, 'After three days I will rise again.'

Matthew 27:63 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:63

Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said
Meaning Jesus; for no better name could they give him alive or dead, and they chose to continue it; and the rather to use it before Pilate, who had a good opinion of his innocence; and to let him see, that they still retained the same sentiments of him: (tyom) , "a deceiver", is with the Jews F24,

``a private person, that deceives a private person; saying to him there is a God in such a place, so it eats, and so it drinks; so it does well, and so it does ill.''

But which can never agree with Jesus, who was not a private person, but a public preacher; and who taught men, not privately, but openly, in the temple and in the synagogues; nor did he teach idolatry, or any thing contrary to the God of Israel, or to the unity of the divine being; or which savoured of, and encouraged the polytheism of the Gentiles. The Ethiopic version renders these words thus; "Sir, remember" as if Christ had said this to Pilate in their hearing, and therefore put him in mind of it.

While he was yet alive;
so that they owned that he was dead; and therefore could not object this to the truth of his resurrection, that he was taken down from the cross alive, and did not die:

after three days I will rise again:
now, though he said to his to his disciples privately, ( Matthew 16:21 ) ( 17:23 ) , yet not clearly and expressly to the Scribes and Pharisees; wherefore they must either have it from Judas, and lied in saying they remembered it: or they gathered it either from what he said concerning the sign of the prophet Jonas, ( Matthew 12:40 ) , or rather from his words in ( John 2:19 ) , and if so, they acted a most wicked part, in admitting a charge against him, as having a design upon their temple, to destroy it, and then rebuild it in three days; when they knew those words were spoken by him concerning his death, and resurrection from the dead: they remembered this, when the disciples did not: bad men have sometimes good memories, and good men bad ones; so that memory is no sign of grace.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 7. sect. 10.

Matthew 27:63 In-Context

61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.
63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’
64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 16:21