Matthew 27:45-54

The Death of Jesus

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,[a]lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split
52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[c] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:45 in Other Translations

KJV
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
ESV
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
NLT
45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.
MSG
45 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark.
CSB
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land.

Matthew 27:45-54 In-Context

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?”).
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split
52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.
56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Amos 8:9
  • 2. Psalms 22:1
  • 3. ver 34; Psalms 69:21
  • 4. John 19:30
  • 5. Exodus 26:31-33; Hebrews 9:3,8; Hebrews 10:19,20
  • 6. ver 54
  • 7. S Matthew 4:5
  • 8. ver 36
  • 9. S Matthew 4:3; Matthew 17:5

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Some manuscripts "Eloi, Eloi"
  • [b]. Psalm 22:1
  • [c]. Or "tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they"
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