Matthew 27:52
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New International Version
and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

New Living Translation
and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.

English Standard Version
The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,

Berean Study Bible
The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Berean Literal Bible
And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints having fallen asleep arose.

New American Standard Bible
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

King James Bible
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tombs were also opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

International Standard Version
tombs were opened, and many saints who had died were brought back to life.

NET Bible
And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised.

New Heart English Bible
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Tombs were opened, and many bodies of the Saints who were sleeping arose.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tombs were opened, and the bodies of many holy people who had died came back to life.

New American Standard 1977
and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who slept arose

King James 2000 Bible
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints that slept arose,

American King James Version
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

American Standard Version
and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose,

Darby Bible Translation
and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep arose,

English Revised Version
and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the graves were opened, and many bodies of saints who slept, arose,

Weymouth New Testament
the tombs opened; and many of God's people who were asleep in death awoke.

World English Bible
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

Young's Literal Translation
and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who have fallen asleep, arose,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
27:51-56 The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by his death, opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christ to the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we duly consider Christ's death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent; the heart, and not the garments. That heart is harder than a rock that will not yield, that will not melt, where Jesus Christ is plainly set forth crucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept, arose. To whom they appeared, in what manner, and how they disappeared, we are not told; and we must not desire to be wise above what is written. The dreadful appearances of God in his providence, sometimes work strangely for the conviction and awakening of sinners. This was expressed in the terror that fell upon the centurion and the Roman soldiers. We may reflect with comfort on the abundant testimonies given to the character of Jesus; and, seeking to give no just cause of offence, we may leave it to the Lord to clear our characters, if we live to Him. Let us, with an eye of faith, behold Christ and him crucified, and be affected with that great love wherewith he loved us. But his friends could give no more than a look; they beheld him, but could not help him. Never were the horrid nature and effects of sin so tremendously displayed, as on that day when the beloved Son of the Father hung upon the cross, suffering for sin, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Let us yield ourselves willingly to his service.
Study Bible
The Death of Jesus
51At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. 52The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53After Jesus’ resurrection, when they had come out of the tombs, they entered the holy city and appeared to many people.…
Cross References
2 Kings 13:21
As they were burying a man, behold, they saw a marauding band; and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha. And when the man touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet.

John 11:11
After He had said this, He told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up."

Acts 7:60
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Treasury of Scripture

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

many.

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away …

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. …

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them …

John 5:25-29 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when …

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits …

slept.

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall …

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also …

1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together …

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