Matthew 27:55
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New International Version
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.

New Living Translation
And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance.

English Standard Version
There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,

Berean Study Bible
And many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to minister to Him.

Berean Literal Bible
And many women were there, looking on from afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him--

New American Standard Bible
Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him.

King James Bible
And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and ministered to Him were there, looking on from a distance.

International Standard Version
Now many women were also there, watching from a distance. They had accompanied Jesus from Galilee and had ministered to him.

NET Bible
Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given him support were also there, watching from a distance.

New Heart English Bible
Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there were also many women there who had seen from a distance, these who had come after Yeshua from Galilee and had ministered to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many women were there watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee and had always supported him.

New American Standard 1977
And many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And many women were there beholding afar off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him;

King James 2000 Bible
And many women were there beholding afar off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

American King James Version
And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him:

American Standard Version
And many women were there beholding from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there were there many women afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Darby Bible Translation
And there were there many women beholding from afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him,

English Revised Version
And many women were there beholding from afar, which had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Webster's Bible Translation
And many women were there (beholding at a distance) who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him:

Weymouth New Testament
And there were a number of women there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to His necessities;

World English Bible
Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him.

Young's Literal Translation
And there were there many women beholding from afar, who did follow Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
Study Bible
The Death of Jesus
54When the centurion and those with him guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and said, “Truly this was the Son of God.” 55And many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to minister to Him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.…
Cross References
Mark 15:40
And there were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.

Mark 15:41
These women had followed Jesus and ministered to Him while He was in Galilee, and there were many other women who had come up to Jerusalem with Him.

Luke 8:2
as well as some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,

Luke 8:3
Joanna the wife of Herod's household manager Chuza, Susanna, and many others. These women were ministering to them out of their own means.

Luke 23:49
But all those who knew Jesus, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching these things.

John 19:25
Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother and her sister, as well as Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.
Treasury of Scripture

And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him:

many.

Luke 23:27,28,48,49 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which …

John 19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's …

ministering.

Luke 8:2,3 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, …

(55) Many women were there beholding.--The group was obviously distinct from that of "the daughters of Jerusalem," of Luke 23:28, but was probably identical with that mentioned in Luke 8:2-3, as accompanying our Lord in many of His journeyings.

Verse 55. - Many women. These are mentioned as witnesses of all these events which the apostles are not recorded to have seen. Courageous and loving, they had followed the procession to Calvary, and at a distance watched the woeful proceedings there. Some, we know, had ventured to come closer to their dying Lord (see John 19:25). Which followed (equivalent to had followed) Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him. They had accompanied Jesus on his last journey to the Passover at Jerusalem, tending him during all the time, and of their substance ministering to his wants (Luke 8:3). And many women were there,.... At the cross of Christ, at some little distance from it; but where was Peter, who had declared he would never be offended, though all men were; and would die with Christ, rather than deny him? and where were the rest of the disciples, who said the same things? None were present excepting John, as can be learnt from the evangelists; but many women, those of the weaker sex, were there, which was a rebuke of the former vanity and confidence of the disciples, and of their present pusillanimity and cowardice:

beholding afar off; Christ upon the cross, in all his agonies, the chief priests and people mocking him, the darkness upon the earth, the quaking of it, and the rending of the rocks: they were witnesses of all this, being at some little distance, by reason of the crowd of people and soldiers about the cross; and they beheld with an eye of faith, their bleeding, dying Lord, as crucified for them, and as bearing and taking away their sins: a sight which at once stirred up their affection and love to Christ, their concern for him, and sorrow for sin; and yet joy and peace, in believing in him:

which followed Jesus from Galilee: where they had seen his miracles, heard his doctrines, and had been savingly converted by him; and therefore followed him wherever he went, though an hundred miles or more, and through many difficulties and discouragements: they attended him in his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and now at his cross; nor did they leave him when dead, and in his grave:

ministering unto him: not now, for he stood in no need of their assistance, nor could they give him any; but this respects what they had done heretofore, in their journey with him from Galilee to Jerusalem; when they ministered to him of their worldly substance, as a token of their affection for him; and which expresses the low estate and mean condition he was in, and is an instruction to his followers, how to behave towards the faithful preachers of his Gospel; see Luke 8:3. 55. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus—The sense here would be better brought out by the use of the pluperfect, "which had followed Jesus."

from Galilee, ministering unto him—As these dear women had ministered to Him during His glorious missionary tours in Galilee (see on [1379]Lu 8:1-3), so from this statement it should seem that they accompanied him and ministered to His wants from Galilee on His final journey to Jerusalem.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.
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