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1: (Mt 27:1,2,Lu 22:66,23:1,Joh 18:28).
3: (Mt 27:12).
7: Insurrection - A crime which the Roman governors, and
Pilate in particular, were more especially concerned and
careful to punish.
9: Will ye that I release to you the king of the Jews - Which does
this wretched man discover most? Want of justice, or courage,
or common sense? The poor coward sacrifices justice to popular
clamour, and enrages those whom he seeks to appease, by so
unseasonably repeating that title, The king of the Jews, which
he could not but know was so highly offensive to them.
16: Praetorium - The inner hall, where the praetor, a Roman
magistrate, used to give judgment. But St. John calls the
whole palace by this name. (Mt 27:27,Joh 19:2).
17: Purple - As royal robes were usually purple and scarlet,
St. Mark and John term this a purple robe, St. Matthew a
scarlet one. The Tyrian purple is said not to have been
very different from scarlet.
20: (Mt 27:31,Joh 19:16).
21: The father of Alexander and Rufus - These were afterward
two eminent Christians, and must have been well known when
St. Mark wrote.
22: (Mt 27:33,Lu 23:33,Joh 19:17).
24-25: St. Mark seems to intimate, that they first nailed him to
the cross, then parted his garments, and afterward reared up the cross.
28: (Isa 53:12).
29: (Mt 27:39).
33: (Mt 27:45,Lu 23:44).
34: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me - Thereby claiming
God as his God; and yet lamenting his Father's withdrawing the
tokens of his love, and treating him as an enemy, while he bare
37: (Mt 27:50,Lu 23:46,Joh 19:30).
41: Who served him - Provided him with necessaries.
42: Because it was the day before the Sabbath - And the bodies
might not hang on the Sabbath day: therefore they were in haste
to have them taken down.
43: Honourable - A man of character and reputation: A counsellor - A
member of the sanhedrim. Who waited for the kingdom of God - Who
expected to see it set up on earth.(Mt 27:57,Lu 23:50,Joh 19:38).
46: He rolled a stone - By his servants. It was too large for him
to roll himself.