Mark 15:23

23 They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.

Mark 15:23 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 15:23

And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh
Wine mingled with frankincense was what was usually given by the Jews to persons going to die F23:

``he that goes to be executed they mix for him, (Nyy lv owkb) (hnwbl lv jrwq) , "a grain of frankincense in a cup of wine", that his mind may be disturbed, or not sensible; as it is said, ( Proverbs 31:6 ) , "give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to the bitter in soul": and the tradition is, that the honourable women in Jerusalem gave this freely, and brought it them; and if they did not, it was provided by the congregation,''

at the public expense; the design of it was to intoxicate, that they might not feel their pain and misery: but neither the rich women in general, nor were the public so disposed towards Christ, as to provide such a potion for him: it is most likely therefore that this was prepared by his friends, as Mary Magdalene, Martha, and others, in order to cheer and refresh his spirits; and was different from what the soldiers gave him, which was vinegar mixed with gall, though the Persic version so reads here:

but he received it not;
nor would he so much as taste of it, as he did of the other, to show that he needed no such outward means to support his spirits, nor desired any allay of his sorrows, and was not afraid to meet death in all its terrors; and besides, he had said he would drink no more of the fruit of the vine till he drank it new in his Father's kingdom, ( Matthew 26:29 ) ; (See Gill on Matthew 27:34).


F23 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 43. 1. Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 10. fol. 193. 4. Maimon. Hilch. Sanhedrin, c. 13. sect. 2, 3. Moses Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora, pr. affirm. 98.

Mark 15:23 In-Context

21 A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)
22 And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).
23 They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.
24 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece.
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
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