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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Matthew Chapter 27

Matthew 27:4

mat 27:4



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

Matthew 27:9

mat 27:9


The allusion is to (Jer 18:1-4); (Jer 19:1-3), but more distinctly to (Zac 11:12); (Zac 11:13).

Matthew 27:33

mat 27:33

And when

The Order of Events at the Crucifixion.

The order of events at the crucifixion:

1) the arrival at Golgotha (Mat 27:33); (Mar 15:22); (Luk 23:33); (Joh 19:17).

(2) the offer of the stupefying drink refused (Mat 27:34); (Mar 15:23).

(3) Jesus is crucified between two thieves (Mat 27:35-38); (Mar 15:24-28); (Luk 23:33-38); (Joh 19:18-24).

(4) He utters the first cry from the cross, "Father, forgive," etc. (Luk 23:34).

(5) The soldiers part His garments (Mat 27:35); (Mar 15:24); (Luk 23:34); (Joh 19:23).

(6) The Jews mock Jesus (Mat 27:39-44); (Mar 15:29-32); (Luk 23:35-38).

(7) The thieves rail on Him, but one repents and believes (Mat 27:44); (Mar 15:32); (Luk 23:39-43).

(8) The second cry from the cross, "To-day shalt thou be with me," etc. (Luk 23:43).

(9) The third cry, "Woman, behold thy son" (Joh 19:26); (Joh 19:27).

(10) The darkness (Mat 27:45); (Mar 15:33); (Luk 23:44).

(11) The fourth cry, "My God," etc. (Mat 27:46); (Mat 27:47); (Mar 15:34-36).

(12) The fifth cry, "I thirst" (Joh 19:28).

(13) The sixth cry, "It is finished" (Joh 19:30).

(14) The seventh cry, "Father, into thy hands," etc. (Luk 23:46).

(15) Our Lord dismisses his spirit (Mat 27:50); (Mar 15:37); (Luk 23:46); (Joh 19:30).

(See Scofield) - (Mat 26:57).

Matthew 27:37

mat 27:37

This is

Compare (Mar 15:26); (Luk 23:38); (Joh 19:19).

These accounts supplement, but do not contradict one another. No one of the Evangelists quotes the entire inscription. All have "The King of the Jews." Luke adds to this the further words, "This is"; Matthew quotes the name, "Jesus"; whilst John gives the additional words "of Nazareth." The narratives combined give the entire inscription: "This is [Matthew, Luke] Jesus [Matthew, John] of Nazareth [John] the King of the Jews" [all].

Matthew 27:46

mat 27:46


(Psa 22:3) gives the answer to this significant and terrible cry:

Matthew 27:50

mat 27:50

yielded up

Literally, "dismissed his spirit." The (Greek, "aphiēmi"). This expression, taken with (Mar 15:37); (Luk 23:46); (Joh 19:30). differentiates the death of Christ from all other physical death. He died by his own volition when He could say of His redemptive work, "It is finished." "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself" (Joh 10:18).

Matthew 27:51

mat 27:51


The veil which was rent was the veil which divided the holy place into which the priests entered from the holy of holies into which only the high priest might enter on the day of atonement,

(See Scofield) - (Exo 26:31); (Lev 16:1-30).

The rending of that veil, which was a type of the human body of Christ (Heb 10:20) signified that a "new and living way" was opened for all believers into the very presence of God with no other sacrifice or priesthood save Christ's.

Compare (Heb 9:1-8); (Heb 10:19-22).

Matthew 27:52

mat 27:52


That these bodies returned to their graves is not said and may not be inferred. The wave-sheaf (Lev 23:10-12) typifies the resurrection of Christ, but a sheaf implies plurality. It was a single "corn of wheat" that fell into the ground in the crucifixion and entombment of Christ (Joh 12:24); it was a sheaf which came forth in resurrection. The inference is that these saints, with the spirits of "just men made perfect" (Heb 12:23) from Paradise, went with Jesus (Eph 4:8-10) into heaven.

Matthew 27:56

mat 27:56


Son of Alphaeus.

(See Scofield) - (Mat 4:21).

Matthew 27:61

mat 27:61

other Mary

Supposed to be Mary the mother of James and Joses.

Matthew 27:63

mat 27:63

After three days

See (Mat 16:21); (Mat 17:23); (Mat 20:19); (Mat 26:61); (Mar 8:31); (Mar 10:34); (Luk 9:22); (Luk 18:33); (Luk 24:6); (Luk 24:7); (Joh 2:19).

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