Mark 15

1 And at once in the morrowtide the high priests made a counsel with the elder men, and the scribes, and with all the council, and bound Jesus and led, and betook him to Pilate. [And anon the morrow made, the highest priests, making counsel with the elder men, and scribes, and all the council, binding Jesus, led and betook to Pilate.]
2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou king of Jews? And Jesus answered, and said to him, Thou sayest [And he answering saith to him, Thou sayest].
3 And the high priests accused him in many things. [And the highest priests accused him in many things.]
4 But Pilate again asked him, and said [saying], Answerest thou nothing? Seest thou in how many things they accuse thee?
5 But Jesus answered no more [Forsooth Jesus more nothing answered], so that Pilate wondered.
6 But by the feast day he was wont to let go to them to them one of the men bound, whomever they asked. [+Forsooth by the feast day he was wont to leave to them/he was wont to deliver to them one of the prisoners, whomever they asked.]
7 And there was one that was said Barabbas, that was bound with men of dissension, that had done manslaughter in sedition [that had done manslaying in dissension].
8 And when the people was gone up, he began to pray, as he evermore did to them. [And when the company had ascended, he began to pray, as he ever did to them.]
9 And Pilate answered to them, and said, Will ye that I let go to you the king of Jews? [+Soothly Pilate answered to them, and said, Will ye I leave to you the king of Jews/Will ye that I deliver to you the king of Jews?]
10 For he knew, that the high priests had taken him by envy. [Forsooth he knew that the highest priests had betaken him by envy.]
11 But the bishops stirred the people, that he should rather let go to them Barabbas. [+Forsooth the bishops stirred the company of people, that more he should leave to them Barabbas/Forsooth the bishops excited the company, that more he should deliver to them Barabbas.]
12 And again Pilate answered, and said to them, What then will ye that I shall do to the king of Jews?
13 And they again cried, Crucify him [Crucify him, that is, Put him on the cross].
14 But Pilate said to them, [Soothly] What evil hath he done? And they cried the more, Crucify him.
15 And Pilate, willing to make satisfaction to the people, let go to them Barabbas, and he betook to them Jesus, beaten with scourges [+And soothly Pilate, willing to do enough to the people, or to fulfill their will, left to them Barabbas/delivered to them Barabbas, and he betook Jesus, beaten with scourges], to be crucified.
16 And knights led him withinforth, into the porch of the moot hall. And they called together all the company of knights,
17 and they clothed him with purple. And they wreathed a crown of thorns, and put on him [And they folding a crown of thorns, put on him].
18 And they began to greet him, and said [And began to greet him, saying], Hail, king of Jews.
19 And they smote his head with a reed, and bespat him; and they kneeled, and worshipped him. [+And they smote his head with a reed, and spat on him; and putting, or bowing, their knees, worshipped him.]
20 And after that they had scorned him, they unclothed him of the purple [they unclothed him from purple], and clothed him with his clothes, and led out him, to crucify him.
21 And they compelled a man that passed by the way, that came from the town, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and of Rufus, to bear his cross. [And they constrained some man passing forth, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the town, the father of Alexander and Rufus, that he should take his cross.]
22 And they led him into a place Golgatha, that is to say, the place of Calvary. [And they led him into the place of Golgatha, that is interpreted, the place of Calvary.]
23 And they gave to him to drink wine mixed with myrrh [And they gave him to drink wine meddled with myrrh], and he took not.
24 And they crucified him, and parted his clothes, and cast lot on those [+sending lot on them/casting lot on those], who should take what.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the title of his cause was written, King of Jews.
27 And they crucify with him two thieves, one at the right half and one at his left half. [+And they crucified with him two thieves, one on his right half, and one on his left half/and another at his left half.]
28 And the scripture was fulfilled that saith, And he is ordained [And he is areckoned] with wicked men.
29 And as they passed forth, they blasphemed him, moving their heads, and saying, Vath! [Fie!] thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it again;
30 come adown from the cross, and make thyself safe.
31 Also the high priests scorned him each to other with the scribes, and said, He hath made other men safe, he may not save himself. [+In like manner and the highest priests scorning him, each to other, with the scribes, said, Others he made safe, himself he may not make safe.]
32 Christ, [the] king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we see, and believe. And they that were crucified with him, despised him [And they that were crucified with him, put wrong, or false reproof, to him].
33 And when the sixth hour was come, darknesses were made on [upon] all the earth till into the ninth hour [+till unto the ninth hour, that is, noon].
34 And in the ninth hour Jesus cried with a great voice, and said [saying], Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani, that is to say [the which is interpreted], My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of the men that stood about heard, and said, Lo! he calleth Elias.
36 And one ran, and filled a sponge with vinegar, and putted about to a reed, and gave him to drink, and said [saying], Suffer ye, see we, if Elias come to do him down.
37 And Jesus gave out a great cry, and died. [+Forsooth Jesus, a great voice sent out, died, or sent out the breath/Forsooth, a great voice sent out, Jesus sent out the spirit, either died.]
38 And the veil of the temple was rent atwo from the highest to beneath. [And the veil of the temple was cut into twain from the highest, till to down, or beneath.]
39 But the centurion that stood over against saw, that he so crying had died, and he said, Verily, this man was God's Son [and said, Verily, this man was the Son of God].
40 And there were also women beholding from afar, among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less, and of Joseph, and of Salome [among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less, and Joseph, and Salome].
41 And when Jesus was in Galilee, they followed him, and ministered to him, and many other women, that came up together with him to Jerusalem [and many other women, which had ascended together with him to Jerusalem].
42 And when the eventide was come, for it was the eventide that is before the sabbath, [+And when even was now made, for it was the making ready, either vigil, which is before the sabbath,]
43 Joseph of Arimathaea, the noble decurion, came, and he abode the realm of God [Joseph of Arimathaea, a noble decurion, came, which also he was abiding the realm of God]; and boldly he entered [in] to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus.
44 But Pilate wondered, if he were now dead [Forsooth Pilate wondered, if he had now died]. And when the centurion was called, he asked him, if he were [now] dead;
45 and when he knew of the centurion, he granted the body of Jesus to Joseph [he gave the body of Jesus to Joseph].
46 And Joseph bought linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped [him] in the linen cloth, and laid him in a sepulchre that was hewn of a stone [Soothly Joseph buying sendal, or linen cloth, and doing him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth, and put him in a new sepulchre that was hewn in a stone], and wallowed a stone to the door of the sepulchre.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary of Joseph beheld, where he was laid.

Mark 15 Commentary

Chapter 15

Christ before Pilate. (1-14) Christ led to be crucified. (15-21) The crucifixion. (22-32) The death of Christ. (33-41) His body buried. (42-47)

Verses 1-14 They bound Christ. It is good for us often to remember the bonds of the Lord Jesus, as bound with him who was bound for us. By delivering up the King, they, in effect, delivered up the kingdom of God, which was, therefore, as by their own consent, taken from them, and given to another nation. Christ gave Pilate a direct answer, but would not answer the witnesses, because the things they alleged were known to be false, even Pilate himself was convinced they were so. Pilate thought that he might appeal from the priests to the people, and that they would deliver Jesus out of the priests' hands. But they were more and more urged by the priests, and cried, Crucify him! Crucify him! Let us judge of persons and things by their merits, and the standard of God's word, and not by common report. The thought that no one ever was so shamefully treated, as the only perfectly wise, holy, and excellent Person that ever appeared on earth, leads the serious mind to strong views of man's wickedness and enmity to God. Let us more and more abhor the evil dispositions which marked the conduct of these persecutors.

Verses 15-21 Christ met death in its greatest terror. It was the death of the vilest malefactors. Thus the cross and the shame are put together. God having been dishonoured by the sin of man, Christ made satisfaction by submitting to the greatest disgrace human nature could be loaded with. It was a cursed death; thus it was branded by the Jewish law, ( Deuteronomy 21:23 ) . The Roman soldiers mocked our Lord Jesus as a King; thus in the high priest's hall the servants had mocked him as a Prophet and Saviour. Shall a purple or scarlet robe be matter of pride to a Christian, which was matter of reproach and shame to Christ? He wore the crown of thorns which we deserved, that we might wear the crown of glory which he merited. We were by sin liable to everlasting shame and contempt; to deliver us, our Lord Jesus submitted to shame and contempt. He was led forth with the workers of iniquity, though he did no sin. The sufferings of the meek and holy Redeemer, are ever a source of instruction to the believer, of which, in his best hours, he cannot be weary. Did Jesus thus suffer, and shall I, a vile sinner, fret or repine? Shall I indulge anger, or utter reproaches and threats because of troubles and injuries?

Verses 22-32 The place where our Lord Jesus was crucified, was called the place of a scull; it was the common place of execution; for he was in all respects numbered with the transgressors. Whenever we look unto Christ crucified, we must remember what was written over his head; he is a King, and we must give up ourselves to be his subjects, as Israelites indeed. They crucified two thieves with him, and him in the midst; they thereby intended him great dishonour. But it was foretold that he should be numbered with the transgressors, because he was made sin for us. Even those who passed by railed at him. They told him to come down from the cross, and they would believe; but they did not believe, though he gave them a more convincing sign when he came up from the grave. With what earnestness will the man who firmly believes the truth, as made known by the sufferings of Christ, seek for salvation! With what gratitude will he receive the dawning hope of forgiveness and eternal life, as purchased for him by the sufferings and death of the Son of God! and with what godly sorrow will he mourn over the sins which crucified the Lord of glory!

Verses 33-41 There was a thick darkness over the land, from noon until three in the afternoon. The Jews were doing their utmost to extinguish the Sun of Righteousness. The darkness signified the cloud which the human soul of Christ was under, when he was making it an offering for sin. He did not complain that his disciples forsook him, but that his Father forsook him. In this especially he was made sin for us. When Paul was to be offered as a sacrifice for the service saints, he could joy and rejoice, ( Philippians 2:17 ) ; but it is another thing to be offered as a sacrifice for the sin of sinners. At the same instant that Jesus died, the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom. This spake terror to the unbelieving Jews, and was a sign of the destruction of their church and nation. It speaks comfort to all believing Christians, for it signified the laying open a new and living way into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. The confidence with which Christ had openly addressed God as his Father, and committed his soul into his hands, seems greatly to have affected the centurion. Right views of Christ crucified will reconcile the believer to the thought of death; he longs to behold, love, and praise, as he ought, that Saviour who was wounded and pierced to save him from the wrath to come.

Verses 42-47 We are here attending the burial of our Lord Jesus. Oh that we may by grace be planted in the likeness of it! Joseph of Arimathea was one who waited for the kingdom of God. Those who hope for a share in its privileges, must own Christ's cause, when it seems to be crushed. This man God raised up for his service. There was a special providence, that Pilate should be so strict in his inquiry, that there might be no pretence to say Jesus was alive. Pilate gave Joseph leave to take down the body, and do what he pleased with it. Some of the women beheld where Jesus was laid, that they might come after the sabbath to anoint the dead body, because they had not time to do it before. Special notice was taken of Christ's sepulchre, because he was to rise again. And he will not forsake those who trust in him, and call upon him. Death, deprived of its sting, will soon end the believer's sorrows, as it ended those of the Saviour.

Mark 15 Commentaries

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