|New International Version (©2011)|
Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
New Living Translation (©2007)
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,
English Standard Version (©2001)
Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin,
International Standard Version (©2012)
Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and righteous man—
NET Bible (©2006)
Now there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
A certain man whose name was Yoseph, a Sanhedrin member from Ramtha, a city of Judea, was a good man and just.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
There was a good man who had God's approval. His name was Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish council,
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a member of the council and he was a good man, and just:
American King James Version
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just:
American Standard Version
And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councillor, a good and righteous man
And behold there was a man named Joseph, who was a counsellor, a good and just man,
Darby Bible Translation
And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councillor, a good man and a just
English Revised Version
And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councillor, a good man and a righteous
Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor: and he was a good man, and a just:
Weymouth New Testament
There was a member of the Council of the name of Joseph, a kind-hearted and upright man,
World English Bible
Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man
Young's Literal Translation
And lo, a man, by name Joseph, being a counsellor, a man good and righteous,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
23:50-56 Many, though they do not make any show in outward profession, yet, like Joseph of Arimathea, will be far more ready to do real service, when there is occasion, than others who make a greater noise. Christ was buried in haste, because the sabbath drew on. Weeping must not hinder sowing. Though they were in tears for the death of their Lord, yet they must prepare to keep holy the sabbath. When the sabbath draws on, there must be preparation. Our worldly affairs must be so ordered, that they may not hinder us from our sabbath work; and our holy affections so stirred up, that they may carry us on in it. In whatever business we engage, or however our hearts may be affected, let us never fail to get ready for, and to keep holy, the day of sacred rest, which is the Lord's day.
Verses 50-56. - The entombment. The sequence of events which immediately followed the death of Christ appears to have been as follows. Our Lord expired apparently soon after 3 p.m. The "even" alluded to by St. Matthew and St. Mark began at 3 p.m. and lasted till sunset, about 6 p.m., when the sabbath commenced. Some time, then, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Joseph of Arima-thaea went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. The governor was surprised, not at the request, but at hearing that Jesus was dead already (Mark 15:44), and, to assure himself of the fact, sent to inquire of the centurion on duty at the crosses. Some. where about the same time, probably a little later in the "evening," but still before 6 p.m., the Jews, i.e. the Sanhedrin leaders, came to Pilate with a request that the death of the three crucified might be hastened by their legs being broken, in order that their bodies hanging on the crosses might not pollute the very sacred day which followed. (It would be the sabbath, and the day of the Passover.) This terrible, but perhaps merciful, end to the tortures of the cross seems not to have been uncommon in Jewish crucifixion inflicted by the Roman authority. Crucifixion with this and all its attendant hinters was abolished by the first Christian emperor Constantine in the fourth century. The two thieves apparently expired under this treatment. The soldiers, however, when they looked on the form hanging on the central cross, found the Crucified, as we know, dead already. To make sure of this, one of the executioners thrust his spear deeply into the side of the motionless body of Jesus, "and forthwith came there out blood and water" (John 19:33, 35). Upon this, in accordance with the permission of the governor already obtained, the body of the Lord was delivered to Joseph of Arimathaea and his friends. Verses 50, 51. - And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them; ) he was of Arimathaea. This Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin, a personage of high distinction in Jerusalem, and evidently of great wealth. It is especially mentioned that his vote in the supreme council was not given when the death of Jesus was determined on. Nicodemus and his costly offering of spices for the entombment is only mentioned by St. John (John 19:39). Arimathaea, the place whence this Joseph came, is famous in Jewish history, being identical with Ramathaim Zophim, the "Ramah of the watchers," the native town of Samuel. Each evangelist speaks of Joseph in high terms, and each in his own way. "Luke styles him 'a counsellor, good and just;' he is the καλὸς κὰγαθός, the Greek ideal. Marl; calls him 'an honourable counsellor,' the Roman ideal. Matthew writes of him as 'a rich man:' is not this the Jewish ideal?" (Godet). And St. John, we might add, chooses another title for this loved man, "being a disciple of Jesus:" this was St. John's ideal. In Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus we have specimens of a class of earnest and devout Jews, perhaps not uncommon at that time - men who respected and admired our Lord as a Teacher, and half believed in him as the Messiah (the Christ), arid yet from many mixed and various motives shrank from confessing him before men till after the cross had been endured. It was not only the Resurrection which so enormously increased the number and raised the character of the followers of Jesus. When he was gone, men reflected on the inimitable life, on the deep, heart-searching teaching, on the confirmatory works of power; and when the news of the Resurrection came, the little wavering, half-hearted band of follower's and hearers became in a few months a great host, and in a few years they had spread over the then civilized world. There is a strange but interesting tradition which tells how this Joseph of Arimathaea came to Great Britain about A.D. , and settled in Glastonbury, and there erected a humble Christian oratory, the first in England. The miraculous thorn of Glastonbury, long supposed to bud and blossom every Christmas Day, was reported to have sprung from the staff which Joseph stuck in the groined as he stopped to rest himself on the hill-top.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And behold, there was a man named Joseph,.... See Gill on Matthew 27:57.
a counsellor; Mark says, he was an "honourable" one; he was either one of the council of the high priest, or a member of the great sanhedrim; See Gill on Mark 15:43.
and he was a good man, and a just; he was kind and beneficent in his temper, and just, and righteous in his life and actions; a like character is given of Joseph the husband of Mary, the mother of our Lord, Matthew 1:19.
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The Burial of Jesus
50And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just: 51(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. …
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away.
When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb.