John 20:12
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New International Version
and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

New Living Translation
She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.

English Standard Version
And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

Berean Study Bible
and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and the other at the feet.

Berean Literal Bible
and she sees two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

New American Standard Bible
and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.

King James Bible
And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where Jesus' body had been lying.

International Standard Version
She saw two angels in white clothes who were sitting down, one at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus' body had been lying.

NET Bible
And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus' body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet.

New Heart English Bible
and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she saw two Angels in white sitting, one at his pillow, and one at the foot, where the body of Yeshua had been laid.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She saw two angels in white clothes. They were sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying. One angel was where Jesus' head had been, and the other was where his feet had been.

New American Standard 1977
and she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been placed.

King James 2000 Bible
And saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

American King James Version
And sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

American Standard Version
and she beholdeth two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.

Darby Bible Translation
and beholds two angels sitting in white [garments], one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

English Revised Version
and she beholdeth two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And seeth two angels in white, sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Weymouth New Testament
and saw two angels clothed in white raiment, sitting one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been.

World English Bible
and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Young's Literal Translation
one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid.
Study Bible
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent down to look into the tomb, 12and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13“Woman, why are you weeping?” they asked. “Because they have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I do not know where they have put Him.”…
Cross References
Matthew 28:2
Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it.

Matthew 28:3
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

Mark 16:5
When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

Luke 24:4
While they were puzzling over this, suddenly two men in radiant apparel stood beside them.

Acts 1:10
They were looking intently into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
Treasury of Scripture

And sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

seeth.

Matthew 28:3-5 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow…

Mark 16:5,6 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on …

Luke 24:3-7,22,23 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus…

in.

2 Chronicles 5:12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of …

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, …

Acts 1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, …

Revelation 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

(12) And seeth two angels in white sitting.--Comp. generally on the vision of angels, Notes on Matthew 28:5-7; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:4-8. This is to be regarded as a distinct vision to Mary, which, from the fulness with which it is recorded, we must suppose that she herself related to the Evangelist. (Comp. Introduction, p. 379.) It rests, therefore, upon her testimony, and as a vision to her only may seem to be less certainly objective than the other appearances. Great caution is, however, necessary in estimating the truth of that which is wholly beyond the application of our ordinary canons of evidence. If we admit the earlier vision of angels, of which there were several witnesses, there can be no reason for rejecting this; and if the evidence was at the time sufficient to convince the Evangelist, who himself had seen no such vision, but was guided by the Spirit to accept and record this, as seen by Mary, we have a decisive judgment of higher authority than any which criticism can attain.

With the words "in white" we are, of course, to understand raiment. The ellipsis is frequent in the classic, and indeed in all writers.

The one at the head, and the other at the feet.--The idea is apparently that of sitting and watching the body. She had feared that some outrage had been wrought upon the body; but God had given His angels charge concerning Him.

And seeth two angels in white,.... Matthew and Mark speak but of one, but Luke of two, as here; whom he calls men, because they appeared in an human form, and in shining garments, or white apparel; and which appearance is entirely agreeable to the received notion of the Jews, that as evil angels or devils are clothed in black, so good angels, or ministering spirits, , "are clothed in white" (l), expressive of their spotless purity and innocence:

sitting the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain; in what position the body of Christ was laid, whether from west to east, as some, or from north to south, as others, is not certain; since the Jews observed no rule in this matter, as appears from the form of their sepulchres, and the disposition of the graves in them; some lying one way, and some another, in the same vault; See Gill on Luke 24:12.

(l) Gloss. in T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 72. 1.12. one at the head, and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain—not merely proclaiming silently the entire charge they had had of the body, of Christ [quoted in Luthardt], but rather, possibly, calling mute attention to the narrow space within which the Lord of glory had contracted Himself; as if they would say, Come, see within what limits, marked off by the interval here between us two, the Lord lay! But she is in tears, and these suit not the scene of so glorious an Exit. They are going to point out to her the incongruity.20:11-18 We are likely to seek and find, when we seek with affection, and seek in tears. But many believers complain of the clouds and darkness they are under, which are methods of grace for humbling their souls, mortifying their sins, and endearing Christ to them. A sight of angels and their smiles, will not suffice, without a sight of Jesus, and God's smiles in him. None know, but those who have tasted it, the sorrows of a deserted soul, which has had comfortable evidences of the love of God in Christ, and hopes of heaven, but has now lost them, and walks in darkness; such a wounded spirit who can bear? Christ, in manifesting himself to those that seek him, often outdoes their expectations. See how Mary's heart was in earnest to find Jesus. Christ's way of making himself known to his people is by his word; his word applied to their souls, speaking to them in particular. It might be read, Is it my Master? See with what pleasure those who love Jesus speak of his authority over them. He forbids her to expect that his bodily presence look further, than the present state of things. Observe the relation to God, from union with Christ. We, partaking of a Divine nature, Christ's Father is our Father; and he, partaking of the human nature, our God is his God. Christ's ascension into heaven, there to plead for us, is likewise an unspeakable comfort. Let them not think this earth is to be their home and rest; their eye and aim, and earnest desires, must be upon another world, and this ever upon their hearts, I ascend, therefore I must seek the things which are above. And let those who know the word of Christ, endeavour that others should get good from their knowledge.
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