Matthew 27:62
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New International Version
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.

New Living Translation
The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate.

English Standard Version
The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate

Berean Study Bible
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and Pharisees assembled before Pilate.

Berean Literal Bible
And the next day, which is after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together before Pilate,

New American Standard Bible
Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,

King James Bible
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate

International Standard Version
The following day (that is, after the Day of Preparation), the high priests and Pharisees gathered before Pilate

NET Bible
The next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate

New Heart English Bible
Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the next day, which is after Friday sunset, the Chief Priests and the Pharisees were gathered together unto Pilate,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The next day, which was the day of worship, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together and went to Pilate.

New American Standard 1977
Now on the next day, which is the one after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the princes of the priests and the Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

King James 2000 Bible
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

American King James Version
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate,

American Standard Version
Now on the morrow, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together unto Pilate,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the next day, which followed the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

Darby Bible Translation
Now on the morrow, which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

English Revised Version
Now on the morrow, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together unto Pilate,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the next day that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate,

Weymouth New Testament
On the next day, the day after the Preparation, the High Priests and the Pharisees came in a body to Pilate.

World English Bible
Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate,

Young's Literal Translation
And on the morrow that is after the preparation, were gathered together the chief priests, and the Pharisees, unto Pilate,
Study Bible
The Guards at the Tomb
61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. 62The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and Pharisees assembled before Pilate. 63“Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was alive that deceiver said ‘After three days I will rise again.’…
Cross References
Mark 15:42
Now it was already evening. Since it was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath),

Luke 23:54
It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning.

John 19:14
It was the day of Preparation for the Passover, about the sixth hour. And Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your King!"

John 19:31
It was the day of Preparation, and the next day was a High Sabbath. So in order that the bodies would not remain on the cross during the Sabbath, the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies removed.
Treasury of Scripture

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate,

the day.

Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples …

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

Luke 23:54-56 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on…

John 19:14,42 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: …

the chief priests.

Matthew 27:1,2 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

Acts 4:27,28 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

(62) The next day, that followed the day of the preparation.--The narrative that follows is peculiar to St. Matthew, and, like the report of the rending of the veil of the Temple, may, perhaps, be traced to the converted priests of Acts 6:7. This was, as we find from what follows, the Sabbath. The "preparation" (Paraskeu) was a technical term, not, as is sometimes said, in reference to preparing for the Passover, but, as in Mark 15:42, to a preparation for the Sabbath (Jos. Ant. xvi. 6, 2, is decisive on this point), and the use of the term here leaves the question whether the Last Supper or the Crucifixion coincided with the Passover, still an open one. It may be noted that the Jewish use of the term passed into the Christian Church, and that at least as early as Clement of Alexandria (Strom. vii. 76) it was the received name for the Dies Veneris, or Friday, the anniversary of the Crucifixion being the "great" or "holy" Paraskeue. On either view, however, there is something strange in the way in which St. Matthew describes the day as coming, "after the preparation," instead of saying simply, "the Sabbath." It is a possible solution of the difficulty thus presented, on the assumption that the Last Supper was a true Passover, that the day of the Crucifixion as being on the Passover, was itself technically a Sabbath (Leviticus 23:7; Leviticus 23:24). Two Sabbaths therefore came together, and this may have led the Evangelist to avoid the commoner phrase, and to describe the second as being "the day that followed the preparation," i.e. the ordinary weekly Sabbath. The precise time at which the priests went to Pilate is not stated; probably it was early on the morning of the Sabbath when they had heard from the Roman soldiers of the burial by Joseph of Arimatha. The fact that the body was under the care of one who was secretly a disciple aroused their suspicions, and they would naturally take the first opportunity, even at the risk of infringing on the Sabbath rest, of guarding against the fraud which they suspected.

Verses 62-66. - The great sabbath. The sepulchre sealed and watched. (Peculiar to St. Matthew.) Verse 62. - The next day, that followed the day of the preparation; ἥτις ἐστὶ μετὰ τὴν παρασκευήν, which is [the day] after the preperation. The language of the original Implies that the day was one of a class. The present day was the 15th of Nisan, and both a sabbath and the chief day of the Passover festival. The term "preparation," or "prosabbath" (Judith 8:6), was applied by the Jews to the day preceding the sabbath or the chief festivals (Josephus, 'Ant.,' 16:06. 2); but by the time the gospel was committed to writing, Paraskeue had become among Christians the usual designation of the day of Christ's death; hence the sabbath, which was of less importance than the crucifixion day, is here called, "the day after the Paraskeue." The language of the synoptists leads to the conclusion that the action of the Sanhedrists in applying to Pilate took place on the sabbath, their uneasy conscience and fear of some surprising event overcoming that scrupulous regard to the sanctity of the holy day which they would have strictly enforced upon others. It is just possible, however, that they postponed their application till the evening, having nothing to fear till "the third day." Came together unto Pilate; were gathered together. A large deputation of the chief men presented itself before the procurator, anxious to obtain his aid to prevent all tampering with the buried body of Jesus, at the same time apprehending some event, they knew not what, which might tend to corroborate his claims. Neologians have argued against the credibility of this section of the gospel history, and have been followed by some commentators of greater faith. A refutation of the most prominent objections will be found in Alford's notes on ver. 62. Now the next day that followed the day of preparation,.... Which was the sabbath day; for the day of preparation was the day before the sabbath, Mark 15:42, in which they prepared every thing necessary for the sabbath, and therefore was so called: and as this introduces the account of the chief priests and Pharisees, making application to Pilate, to secure the sepulchre; and which by his leave they did, by sealing the stone, and setting a guard about the sepulchre; it shows what consciences these men had, who accused the disciples of Christ of a violation of the sabbath, for plucking a few ears of corn on that day; and sought to kill Jesus, because he healed a man on it, and bid him take up his bed and walk; and yet they themselves could leave their devotions, and first meet together and agree upon an address to Pilate, and then go in a body to his palace; and having obtained their request, march to Joseph's garden, and make the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch, which were servile works, and, according to their laws and traditions, not to be done on the sabbath day; and yet they scrupled them not, notwithstanding their characters and profession, which follow:

the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate; these were the inveterate and implacable enemies of Christ; they took counsel how to put him to death; they employed Judas to betray him, and sent a band of soldiers with him to take him; they suborned false witnesses against him; they moved the people to prefer Barabbas to him; they got him condemned to death, and followed him to the cross, where they mocked him; and still, like the troubled sea, they were restless and uneasy; for though he was dead, they feared his resurrection; and though they could not prevent the thing, they consult to hinder the credit of it. 62. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation—that is, after six o'clock of our Saturday evening. The crucifixion took place on the Friday and all was not over till shortly before sunset, when the Jewish sabbath commenced; and "that sabbath day was an high day" (Joh 19:31), being the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. That day being over at six on Saturday evening, they hastened to take their measures.27:62-66 On the Jewish sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees, when they should have been at their devotions, were dealing with Pilate about securing the sepulchre. This was permitted that there might be certain proof of our Lord's resurrection. Pilate told them that they might secure the sepulchre as carefully as they could. They sealed the stone, and set a guard, and were satisfied that all needful care was taken. But to guard the sepulchre against the poor weak disciples was folly, because needless; while to think to guard it against the power of God, was folly, because fruitless, and to no purpose; yet they thought they dealt wisely. But the Lord took the wise in their own craftiness. Thus shall all the rage and the plans of Christ's enemies be made to promote his glory.
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