Matthew 27:33-56

The Crucifixion

33 1And when they came to a place called 2Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
34 3they gave Him 4wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling * to drink.
35 And when they had crucified Him, 5they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
36 And sitting down, they began to 6keep watch over Him there.
37 And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, "7THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
38 At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, 8wagging their heads
40 and saying, "9You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! 10If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
42 "11He saved others; He cannot * save Himself. 12He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 "13HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
44 14The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
45 15Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "16ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah."
48 17Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.
49 But the rest of them said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him."
50 And Jesus 18cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 19And behold, 20the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and 21the earth shook and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had 22fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered 23the holy city and appeared to many.
54 24Now the centurion, and those who were with him 25keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw 26the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was 27the Son of God!"
55 28Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while 29ministering to Him.
56 Among them was 30Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and 31the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Matthew 27:33-56 In-Context

31 After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
32 As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.
33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
36 And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.
37 And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
38 At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
42 "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 "HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
44 The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah."
48 Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.
49 But the rest of them said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him."
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
55 Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him.
56 Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

Cross References 31

  • 1. Matthew 27:34-44: {Mark 15:22-32; Luke 23:33-43; John 19:17-24}
  • 2. Luke 23:33; John 19:17
  • 3. Psalms 69:21
  • 4. Mark 15:23
  • 5. Psalms 22:18
  • 6. Matthew 27:54
  • 7. Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19
  • 8. Job 16:4; Psalms 22:7; Psalms 109:25; Lamentations 2:15; Mark 15:29
  • 9. Matthew 26:61; John 2:19
  • 10. Matthew 27:42
  • 11. Mark 15:31; Luke 23:35
  • 12. Matthew 27:37; Luke 23:37; John 1:49; John 12:13
  • 13. Psalms 22:8
  • 14. Luke 23:39-43
  • 15. Matthew 27:45-56: {Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49}
  • 16. Psalms 22:1
  • 17. Psalms 69:21; Mark 15:36; Luke 23:36; John 19:29
  • 18. Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30
  • 19. Matthew 27:51-56: {Mark 15:38-41;} Luke 23:47-49
  • 20. Exodus 26:31f; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; Hebrews 9:3
  • 21. Matthew 27:54
  • 22. Acts 7:60
  • 23. Matthew 4:5
  • 24. Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47
  • 25. Matthew 27:36
  • 26. Matthew 27:51
  • 27. Matthew 4:3; Matthew 27:43
  • 28. Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49; John 19:25
  • 29. Mark 15:41; Luke 8:2, 3
  • 30. Matthew 28:1; Mark 15:40, 47; Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2; John 19:25; John 20:1, 18
  • 31. Matthew 20:20

Footnotes 14

  • [a]. Lit "a lot"
  • [b]. Lit "written"
  • [c]. Or "blaspheming"
  • [d]. Or "can He not save Himself?"
  • [e]. Or "takes pleasure in;" or "cares for him"
  • [f]. I.e. 12 noon
  • [g]. Or "occurred"
  • [h]. I.e. 3 p.m.
  • [i]. Lit "Permit that we see"
  • [j]. Some early mss read "And another took a spear and pierced His side, and there came out water and blood" (cf John 19:34)
  • [k]. Or "curtain"
  • [l]. Or "holy ones"
  • [m]. Or "a son of God" or "a son of a god"
  • [n]. Or "caring for Him"
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