Matthew 27:47

47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah."

Matthew 27:47 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:47

Some of them that stood there
Near the cross, looking on, and mocking at him,

when they heard that;
the words, "Eli, Eli", spoken by Christ,

said, this man calleth for Elias.
These could not be the Roman soldiers that said so, who had no notion of Elias; rather the Hellenistic Jews, who not so well understanding the Hebrew language, hearing the above words, and having some notion of the prophet Elias, fancied he was calling for him; though it seems most likely to be the Jews, who either through the nearness of the sound of the words, and mistake of them, and not near enough to hear and distinguish them, really thought he called for that prophet; or rather wilfully mistook him, with an intent to banter and ridicule him.

Matthew 27:47 In-Context

45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
46 And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah."
48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.
49 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
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