John 19:3
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New International Version
and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they slapped him in the face.

New Living Translation
"Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

English Standard Version
They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.

Berean Study Bible
And they went up to Him again and again, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and slapping Him in the face.

Berean Literal Bible
And they began coming up to Him and saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they kept giving Him blows with the palm.

New American Standard Bible
and they began to come up to Him and say, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and to give Him slaps in the face.

King James Bible
And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And they repeatedly came up to Him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and were slapping His face.

International Standard Version
They kept coming up to him and saying, "Long live the king of the Jews!" Then they began to slap him on the face.

NET Bible
They came up to him again and again and said, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly in the face.

New Heart English Bible
And they kept coming up to him and saying, "Hail, King of the Jews." and they struck him with their hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying, “Hail to you, King of the Judeans”, and they were hitting him on his cheeks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They went up to him, said, "Long live the king of the Jews!" and slapped his face.

New American Standard 1977
and they began to come up to Him, and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him blows in the face.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

King James 2000 Bible
And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they struck him with their hands.

American King James Version
And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

American Standard Version
and they came unto him, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they struck him with their hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they came to him, and said: Hail, king of the Jews; and they gave him blows.

Darby Bible Translation
and came to him and said, Hail, king of the Jews! and gave him blows on the face.

English Revised Version
and they came unto him, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they struck him with their hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Weymouth New Testament
Then they began to march up to Him, saying in a mocking voice, "Hail King of the Jews!" And they struck Him with the palms of their hands.

World English Bible
They kept saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and they kept slapping him.

Young's Literal Translation
and said, 'Hail! the king of the Jews;' and they were giving him slaps.
Study Bible
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and dressed Him in a purple robe. 3And they went up to Him again and again, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and slapping Him in the face. 4Once again Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against Him.”…
Cross References
Matthew 27:29
And they twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt down before Him to mock Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

Mark 15:18
And they began to salute Him: "Hail, King of the Jews!"

John 18:22
When Jesus had said this, one of the officers standing nearby slapped Him in the face and said, "Is this how You answer the high priest?"
Treasury of Scripture

And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Hail.

Matthew 26:49 And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, …

Luke 1:28 And the angel came in to her, and said, Hail, you that are highly …

King.

John 19:19-22 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing …

John 18:33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, …

(3) And said, Hail, King of the Jews.--The reading of the better MSS. is, and they kept coming to Him and saying . . . It is a description of the mock reverence which they paid Him. They kept drawing near and bowing before Him. (Comp. Matthew 27:29.)

They smote him with their hands.--Comp. Note on John 18:22.

(3) That St. John is not careful to give the time more than roughly "about the sixth hour." The hours of that day may well be confused, for their sorrow would have made minutes seem as hours, and the sun, which on other days marked the hours, was on that day itself darkened. St. Matthew is equally uncertain at what exact time there was the cry with a loud voice (Matthew 27:46), and St. Luke does not give the exact time when the darkness commenced (Luke 23:44).

Verse 3. - They kept on coming to him, and saying to him, in sportive mockery of his supposed Kingship, and utter scorn of the nation whose Messianic hope they derided, Hail, King of the Jews! They did a sham obeisance to him, having elected him, as Roman guards often did, an "imperator" on the field of battle. The offerings which they presented to him were not the kiss of homage, but ῤαπίσματα. They kept on offering him blows on the face, strokes with the hand or with rods (cf. John 18:22, note). Hengstenberg, recalling here (Matthew 27:29) that they put a reed in his hand, symbol of a scepter, supposes that he refused to hold it, in consequence of which they took it from him, and smote him with it. The awful indignity was a wondrous prophecy. Nay, from that very hour he began to reign. That crown of thorns has been more lasting than any royal diadem. Those cruel insults have been the title-deeds of his imperial sway, by which he has mastered the nations. He was wounded, bruised, for the iniquities of us all. The representatives of the outside world thus share expressly in the shame and ban by which the Hebrew theocracy is crushed, and the prince of this world is judged. "They know not what they do;" but Jew and Roman are guilty before God. And said, hail, King of the Jews!.... Some copies before this clause read, "and they came unto him"; and so read the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, Coptic, and Ethiopic versions; that is, they came and prostrated themselves before him; bowed the knee unto him, and addressed him in a mock way, as if he was an earthly monarch just come to his crown, and whom they wished long to live; thus mocking at his kingly office, and despising him under that character, as many do now: some will not have him to reign over them, but reject him as King; and others, though in words they own him to be King, yet disregard his commands, and act no better part than these scoffing soldiers did:

and they smote him with their hands: upon his cheeks, as the Syriac version reads it. These, and many other affronts they gave him; in all which they were indulged by Pilate, and was a pleasing scene to the wicked Jews, whose relentless hearts were not in the least moved hereby, though Pilate hoped they would; and which was his view in allowing the soldiers to use such incivilities and indecencies to him. 3. And said, Hail, King of the Jews!—doing Him derisive homage, in the form used on approaching the emperors. "And they spit upon Him, and took the reed and smote Him on the head" (Mt 27:30). The best comment on these affecting details is to cover the face.19:1-18 Little did Pilate think with what holy regard these sufferings of Christ would, in after-ages, be thought upon and spoken of by the best and greatest of men. Our Lord Jesus came forth, willing to be exposed to their scorn. It is good for every one with faith, to behold Christ Jesus in his sufferings. Behold him, and love him; be still looking unto Jesus. Did their hatred sharpen their endeavours against him? and shall not our love for him quicken our endeavours for him and his kingdom? Pilate seems to have thought that Jesus might be some person above the common order. Even natural conscience makes men afraid of being found fighting against God. As our Lord suffered for the sins both of Jews and Gentiles, it was a special part of the counsel of Divine Wisdom, that the Jews should first purpose his death, and the Gentiles carry that purpose into effect. Had not Christ been thus rejected of men, we had been for ever rejected of God. Now was the Son of man delivered into the hands of wicked and unreasonable men. He was led forth for us, that we might escape. He was nailed to the cross, as a Sacrifice bound to the altar. The Scripture was fulfilled; he did not die at the altar among the sacrifices, but among criminals sacrificed to public justice. And now let us pause, and with faith look upon Jesus. Was ever sorrow like unto his sorrow? See him bleeding, see him dying, see him and love him! love him, and live to him!
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