Matthew 26:38
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New International Version
Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

New Living Translation
He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

English Standard Version
Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

New American Standard Bible
Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me."

King James Bible
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to them, "My soul is swallowed up in sorrow--to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me."

International Standard Version
Then he told them, "I'm so deeply grieved that I feel I'm about to die. Wait here and stay awake with me."

NET Bible
Then he said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to them, “My soul has sorrow even to death; wait for me here and keep watch with me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he said to them, "My anguish is so great that I feel as if I'm dying. Wait here, and stay awake with me."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here and watch with me.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he unto them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death: tarry you here, and watch with me.

American King James Version
Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: tarry you here, and watch with me.

American Standard Version
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he says to them, My soul is very sorrowful even unto death; remain here and watch with me.

English Revised Version
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then saith he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Weymouth New Testament
and He said to them, "My soul is crushed with anguish to the very point of death; wait here, and keep awake with me."

World English Bible
Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me."

Young's Literal Translation
then saith he to them, 'Exceedingly sorrowful is my soul -- unto death; abide ye here, and watch with me.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:36-46 He who made atonement for the sins of mankind, submitted himself in a garden of suffering, to the will of God, from which man had revolted in a garden of pleasure. Christ took with him into that part of the garden where he suffered his agony, only those who had witnessed his glory in his transfiguration. Those are best prepared to suffer with Christ, who have by faith beheld his glory. The words used denote the most entire dejection, amazement, anguish, and horror of mind; the state of one surrounded with sorrows, overwhelmed with miseries, and almost swallowed up with terror and dismay. He now began to be sorrowful, and never ceased to be so till he said, It is finished. He prayed that, if possible, the cup might pass from him. But he also showed his perfect readiness to bear the load of his sufferings; he was willing to submit to all for our redemption and salvation. According to this example of Christ, we must drink of the bitterest cup which God puts into our hands; though nature struggle, it must submit. It should be more our care to get troubles sanctified, and our hearts satisfied under them, than to get them taken away. It is well for us that our salvation is in the hand of One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. All are tempted, but we should be much afraid of entering into temptation. To be secured from this, we should watch and pray, and continually look unto the Lord to hold us up that we may be safe. Doubtless our Lord had a clear and full view of the sufferings he was to endure, yet he spoke with the greatest calmness till this time. Christ was a Surety, who undertook to be answerable for our sins. Accordingly he was made sin for us, and suffered for our sins, the Just for the unjust; and Scripture ascribes his heaviest sufferings to the hand of God. He had full knowledge of the infinite evil of sin, and of the immense extent of that guilt for which he was to atone; with awful views of the Divine justice and holiness, and the punishment deserved by the sins of men, such as no tongue can express, or mind conceive. At the same time, Christ suffered being tempted; probably horrible thoughts were suggested by Satan that tended to gloom and every dreadful conclusion: these would be the more hard to bear from his perfect holiness. And did the load of imputed guilt so weigh down the soul of Him of whom it is said, He upholdeth all things by the word of his power? into what misery then must those sink whose sins are left upon their own heads! How will those escape who neglect so great salvation?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death (Jonah 4:9). Christ speaks here of the mental agony which he is enduring; he bides not from the faithful three that which weighs upon his heart, so excessive a strain that human nature must fail to endure it. We cannot gauge the anguish; we may suggest some of the causes of this sorrow. It was not merely the thought of bodily pain, though that would be long and excessive; there were other elements which made his sorrow like to no other sorrow. He thought of all the circumstances that led to his Passion; all that would accompany it; all that would succeed it - the malice and perversity of the Jews, the grievous wickedness that brought about his death, the treachery of Judas, the desertion of his friends, the denial of Peter, his unjust condemnation at the hands of the rulers of the chosen nation, the pusillanimity of Pilate, the guilt of the actors in the tragedy, the wilful iniquity of those whom he came to redeem, the ruin which they brought on themselves, their city and nation - such considerations formed one ingredient in the bitter cup which he had to drain. And then the thought of death was unspeakably terrible to the all-holy Son of God. We men become accustomed to the thought of death. It accompanies us through all our life; it looms before us always. But man was created immortal (Wisd. 2:23), his nature shrinks from the dissolution of soul and body; and to the sinless, unfallen Man this experience was wholly unknown and awful. Here was the incarnate God, the God-Man, submitting himself to the punishment of sin, tasting death forevery man, bearing in his own Person the inexpressible bitterness of this penal humiliation. Added to all this was the incalculable fact that "the Lord had laid on him the iniquity of us all." The burden of the sins of all mankind he bore on his sacred shoulders. "Him who knew no sin God made to be sin on our behalf" (2 Corinthians 5:21). What this mysterious imputation, so to speak, involved, we cannot tell; but to a being perfectly pure and holy it must have been anguish unspeakable. Tarry ye here. As ver. 36, "Sit ye here." And watch with me. In his dark hour his human soul yearned for the comfort of a friendly presence; even though these chosen three might not witness the extremity of his agony, their proximity and sympathy and prayers were a support. But he bade them watch for their own sake also. Their great trial was close at hand; they were about to be tempted to deny and forsake him; they could resist only by prayer and watchfulness (ver. 41).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then saith he unto them,.... The three disciples, Peter, James, and John, who, by his looks and gestures, might know somewhat of the inward distress of his mind; yet he choose to express it to them in words, saying,

my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. That Christ had an human soul, as well as an human body, is clear from hence; and which was possessed of the same passions as ours are, but without sin, such as joy, love, grief, sorrow, &c. and at this time its sorrows were exceeding great: his soul was beset all around with the sins of his people; these took hold on him, and encompassed him, which must, in the most sensible manner, affect his pure and spotless mind; the sorrows of death and hell surrounded him on every side, insomuch that the least degree of comfort was not let in to him; nor was there any way open for it, so that his soul was overwhelmed with sorrow; his heart was ready to break; he was brought even, as it were, to the dust of death; nor would his sorrows leave him, he was persuaded, until soul and body were separated from each other; see a like phrase in Judges 16:16,

tarry ye here. The Ethiopic adds, "till I shall return", for he was going a little further from them, to vent his grief, and pour out his soul unto God. Munster's Hebrew Gospel reads it, "expect me", or "wait for me here", signifying, that he should return to them shortly,

and watch with me. It was night, and they might be heavy and inclined to sleep: he knew it would be an hour of temptation both to him and them, and therefore advises them to watch against it; and to observe how it would go with him, and what should befall him, that they might be witnesses of it, and be able to testify what agonies he endured, what grace he exercised, and how submissive he was to his Father's will.



Matthew 26:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
37And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." 39And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will."…
Cross References
Psalm 42:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Matthew 26:40
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Couldn't you men keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter.

Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Mark 14:34
"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."

John 12:27
"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
Treasury of Scripture

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