Matthew 27:57
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New International Version
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.

New Living Translation
As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus,

English Standard Version
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who himself was a disciple of Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
And evening having arrived, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself also was discipled to Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

King James Bible
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

International Standard Version
Later that evening, a rich man arrived from Arimathea. His name was Joseph, and he had become a disciple of Jesus.

NET Bible
Now when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
When evening had come, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself was also Jesus' disciple came.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When it was evening, a rich man from Ramtha named Yoseph came, who also had been a disciple of Yeshua,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the evening a rich man named Joseph arrived. He was from the city of Arimathea and had become a disciple of Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also had been a disciple of Jesus;

King James 2000 Bible
When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

American King James Version
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

American Standard Version
And when even was come, there came a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus disciple:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
Now when even was come there came a rich man of Arimathaea, his name Joseph, who also himself was a disciple to Jesus.

English Revised Version
And when even was come, there came a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

Webster's Bible Translation
When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
Towards sunset there came a wealthy inhabitant of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself also had become a disciple of Jesus.

World English Bible
When evening had come, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself was also Jesus' disciple came.

Young's Literal Translation
And evening having come, there came a rich man, from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was discipled to Jesus,
Study Bible
The Burial of Jesus
56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. 57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who himself was a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.…
Cross References
Isaiah 53:9
His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

Matthew 27:58
He went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.

Mark 15:42
Now it was already evening. Since it was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath),

Mark 15:43
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent Council member who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God, boldly went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus.

Luke 23:50
Now there was a Council member named Joseph, a good and righteous man,

John 19:38
Later on, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus (but secretly for fear of the Jews), asked Pilate's permission to take away the body of Jesus. Pilate granted it, so he came and removed His body.

Acts 13:29
When they had carried out all that was written about Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
Treasury of Scripture

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

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Mark 15:42,43 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that …

Luke 23:50,51 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was …

John 19:38-42 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but …

Arimathea.

1 Samuel 1:1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, …

1 Samuel 7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he …

(57) A rich man of Arimatha.--The place so named was probably identical with the Ramah of 1Samuel 1:19, the birth-place of the prophet. In 1Samuel 1:1 the name is given in its uncontracted form as Ramathaim-zophim, and in the LXX. version it appears throughout as Armathaim, in Josephus as Armatha, in 1 Maccabees 11:34 as Ramathem. It was a city of the Jews, in the narrower sense in which that word meant the people of Juda (Luke 23:51). The site is more or less conjectural, but if we identify the Ramah, or Ramathaim, of 1Samuel 1:1 with the modern Nebby Samuel, about four miles north-west of Jerusalem, we have a position which sufficiently fits in with the circumstances of the history. Of Joseph we are told by St. Mark (Mark 15:43) that he was "an honourable counsellor," i.e., a member of the Sanhedrin, and that he was looking for the kingdom of God; by St. Luke (Luke 23:50-51), that he was "a good man, and a just" (see Note on Romans 5:7 for the distinction between the two words); by St. John ( John 19:38), that he was "a disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews." He was apparently a man of the same class and type of character as Nicodemus, respecting our Lord as a man, admiring Him as a teacher, half-believing in Him as the Christ, and yet, till now, shrinking from confessing Him before men. For us the name has the interest of being one of the few New Testament names connected with our own country. He was sent, it was said, by Philip (the Apostle) to Britain. There, in the legend which medival chroniclers delighted to tell, he founded the Church of Glastonbury; and the staff which he stuck into the ground took root and brought forth leaves and flowers, and became the parent of all the Glastonbury thorns from that day to this. We have to place the piercing of the side, narrated by St. John only (John 19:31-37), before Joseph's application.

Verses 57-61. - The burial of the body of Jesus. (Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42.) Verse 57. - When the even was come. This was what was called the first evening, the time between the ninth hour, or three o'clock, and sunset, and the great sabbath would shortly be beginning. It was the Roman custom to leave criminals hanging on the cross for days, till their bodies were devoured by birds and wild animals; the Jewish Law enacted that when bodies were penally suspended, they should be taken down and buried before night (Deuteronomy 21:22, 23), that the land might not be defiled. Tomorrow (beginning at sunset), being a specially solemn day, as combining the sabbath and the Passover celebration, the Jews were particularly anxious that the crucified bodies of our Lord and the two robbers should be taken away and put out of sight before the sabbath began. To effect this object, they went to Pilate, and begged him to put an end to their sufferings by the sharp, short process of breaking their legs. St. John's account must be referred to for this and the result of the soldiers' examination of our Lord. There came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple. He is further said to have been "an honourable counsellor," i.e. a member of the Sanhedrin, "a good man and a just, who also waited for the kingdom of God, and had not consented to the counsel and deed" of the rest of the rulers. "It was divinely appointed," says the Ven. Bede, "that Joseph should be rich, in order to have access to Pilate, for no mean man could have access to the governor; and that he should be a just man, in order to receive the body of our Lord." This man's native place was Arimathaea, a town with much probability identified with Ramathaim-Zophim of 1 Samuel 1:1, which lay in Mount Ephraim, and was the birthplace of the Prophet Samuel. That he was "a rich man" naturally gave him some influence with Pilate, and joined with his position as a Sanhedrist, made his request more likely to be granted. "One Joseph was appointed by God to be guardian of Christ's body in the virgin womb, and another Joseph was the guardian of his body in the virgin tomb, and each Joseph is called a 'just man' in Holy Scripture" (Wordsworth). When the even was come,.... The second evening, when it was just at sunset; at which time the Jewish sabbath began, and when the bodies of those that were crucified, must be taken down; and if not dead, their bones must be broken, and they dispatched, in order to be interred in the common burying place of malefactors:

there came a rich man Arimathea: not from thence now, for he lived at Jerusalem; but this was the place of his nativity, or former abode, and from whence he originally came; and is the same with Ramathaim Zophim, and Ramah, and was the birthplace of Samuel the prophet, 1 Samuel 1:1, and is by the Septuagint called Armathaim, in 1 Samuel 1:1. His character, as a rich man, is particularly mentioned, not merely to show that such men may be, and sometimes are, instances of the grace of God; much less in a way of boasting, that such a man was attached to Jesus; but rather to point out the reason, how he came to have such easy access to Pilate, and to succeed in his business with him; as well as to observe the accomplishment of a prophecy, in Isaiah 53:9,

named Joseph; the same name with one of the patriarchs, the sons of Jacob; between whom there was a resemblance, not only as good men, but in their observance of funeral rites and obsequies; the one in those of his father, the other in those of his dear Lord and Master. Some think (k) he is the same with Joseph ben Gorion, the brother of Nicodemus ben Gorion, often spoken of as a priest, and one of the richest of them in Jerusalem:

who also himself was Jesus' disciple; though he was only a secret one, as Nicodemus was: he had not as yet, or till now publicly professed him, for fear of the Jews, who had made a law, that whoever did, should be cast out of the synagogue; see John 19:38.

(k) Alting. Shilo, p. 309. 27:57-61 In the burial of Christ was nothing of pomp or solemnity. As Christ had not a house of his own, wherein to lay his head, while he lived, so he had not a grave of his own, wherein to lay his body, when he was dead. Our Lord Jesus, who had no sin of his own, had no grave of his own. The Jews designed that he should have made his grave with the wicked, should have been buried with the thieves with whom he was crucified, but God overruled it, so that he should make it with the rich in his death, Isa 53:9. And although to the eye of man the beholding a funeral may cause terror, yet if we remember how Christ by his burial has changed the nature of the grave to believers, it should make us rejoice. And we are ever to imitate Christ's burial in being continually occupied in the spiritual burial of our sins.
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