Matthew 27:63
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New International Version
"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.'

New Living Translation
They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise from the dead.'

English Standard Version
and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’

Berean Study Bible
"Sir," they said, "we remember that while He was alive that deceiver said 'After three days I will rise again.'

Berean Literal Bible
saying, "Sir, we have remembered how that deceiver, while living, said, 'After three days I arise.'

New American Standard Bible
and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again.'

King James Bible
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and said, "Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, After three days I will rise again.'

International Standard Version
and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said while he was still alive, 'I will be raised after three days.'

NET Bible
and said, "Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, 'After three days I will rise again.'

New Heart English Bible
saying, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise again.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying to him, “Our Lord, we recall that the deceiver said while he was alive, 'After three days, I will arise.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They said, "Sir, we remember how that deceiver said while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be brought back to life.'

New American Standard 1977
and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
saying, Lord, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

King James 2000 Bible
Saying, Sir, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

American King James Version
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

American Standard Version
saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said while he was yet alive, After three days I rise again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again.

Darby Bible Translation
saying, Sir, we have called to mind that that deceiver said when he was still alive, After three days I arise.

English Revised Version
saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I rise again.

Webster's Bible Translation
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

Weymouth New Testament
"Sir," they said, "we recollect that during his lifetime that impostor pretended that after two days he was to rise to life again.

World English Bible
saying, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise again.'

Young's Literal Translation
saying, 'Sir, we have remembered that that deceiver said while yet living, After three days I do rise;
Study Bible
The Guards at 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.’ 64So give the order that the tomb be secured until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him away and tell the people He has risen from the dead. And this last deception would be worse than the first.”…
Cross References
Matthew 16:21
From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Matthew 17:23
They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised to life." And the disciples were deeply grieved.

Matthew 20:19
and will deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. And on the third day He will be raised to life."

Matthew 27:64
So give the order that the tomb be secured until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him away and tell the people He has risen from the dead. And this last deception would be worse than the first."

Matthew 28:6
He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay.

Mark 8:31
Then He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again.

Mark 9:31
because He was teaching His disciples. He told them, "The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise."

Mark 10:34
who will mock Him and spit on Him and flog Him and kill Him. And after three days He will rise again."

Luke 9:22
"The Son of Man must suffer many things," He said. "He must be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."

Luke 18:31
Then Jesus took the Twelve aside and said to them, "Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything the prophets have written about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
Treasury of Scripture

Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

that deceiver.

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

John 7:12,47 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for …

2 Corinthians 6:8 By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, …

After.

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that …

Matthew 17:23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. …

Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to whip, and to …

Matthew 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, …

Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many …

Mark 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall whip him, and shall spit on him, …

Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of …

Luke 18:33 And they shall whip him, and put him to death: and the third day …

Luke 24:6,7 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he …

John 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three …

(63) We remember that that deceiver said . . .--It appears, then, that though they had deliberately stirred up the passions of the people by representing the mysterious words of John 2:14 as threatening a literal destruction of the Temple (Matthew 26:61; Matthew 27:40), they themselves had understood, wholly or in part, their true meaning. We are, perhaps, surprised that they should in this respect have been more clear-sighted than the disciples, but in such a matter sorrow and disappointment confuse, and suspicion sharpens the intellect.

That deceiver.--They had used the cognate verb of Him before (John 7:12), and this was, perhaps, their usual way of speaking of Him.

Verse 63. - We remember, etc. The prophecy concerning Christ's resurrection on the third day might have been made known to them in various ways. Thus they may have heard and partially understood our Lord's allusion to Jonah (Matthew 12:40), or the words on which the false accusation was founded (John 2:19); or the apostles themselves may have divulged the mysterious announcement, and a general impression had been produced that Jesus had constantly affirmed that he would rise on the third day. It is true that the apostles and the good women were far from believing in the realization of this assertion in the manner in which it came to pass. They probably looked for Christ's return in glory to establish his kingdom and to reign as Messiah. The rulers received the prediction in its literal sense, "hatred being more keen sighted than love;" hence they took practical precautions against its collusive or pretended fulfilment. That deceiver (ἐκεῖνος ὁ πλάνος: literally, that vagabond yonder). That impostor, who has become so famous, and whom you know all about. They imply that without further definition, Pilate understands whom they mean; and their calumnies and reviling cease not even with their Victim's death. While he was yet alive. These bitter enemies of Jesus, who had the best means of ascertaining the truth, certainly regarded him as now dead. Yet some modern sceptics resort to the theory of a trance to account for the Resurrection, whose historical accuracy they cannot gainsay. After three days. A popular form of expression, which would denote any space which embraced portions of three days, in the present ease being part of Friday, all Saturday, and part of Sunday. I will rise again (ἐγείρομαι, I rise). The present tense implies greater and more assured certainty than the future. Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said,.... Meaning Jesus; for no better name could they give him alive or dead, and they chose to continue it; and the rather to use it before Pilate, who had a good opinion of his innocence; and to let him see, that they still retained the same sentiments of him: "a deceiver", is with the Jews (x),

"a private person, that deceives a private person; saying to him there is a God in such a place, so it eats, and so it drinks; so it does well, and so it does ill.

But which can never agree with Jesus, who was not a private person, but a public preacher; and who taught men, not privately, but openly, in the temple and in the synagogues; nor did he teach idolatry, or any thing contrary to the God of Israel, or to the unity of the divine being; or which savoured of, and encouraged the polytheism of the Gentiles. The Ethiopic version renders these words thus; "Sir, remember", &c. as if Christ had said this to Pilate in their hearing, and therefore put him in mind of it,

While he was yet alive; so that they owned that he was dead; and therefore could not object this to the truth of his resurrection, that he was taken down from the cross alive, and did not die:

after three days I will rise again: now, though he said to his to his disciples privately, Matthew 16:21, yet not clearly and expressly to the Scribes and Pharisees; wherefore they must either have it from Judas, and lied in saying they remembered it: or they gathered it either from what he said concerning the sign of the prophet Jonas, Matthew 12:40, or rather from his words in John 2:19, and if so, they acted a most wicked part, in admitting a charge against him, as having a design upon their temple, to destroy it, and then rebuild it in three days; when they knew those words were spoken by him concerning his death, and resurrection from the dead: they remembered this, when the disciples did not: bad men have sometimes good memories, and good men bad ones; so that memory is no sign of grace,

(x) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 7. sect. 10. 63. Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver—Never, remarks Bengel, will you find the heads of the people calling Jesus by His own name. And yet here there is betrayed a certain uneasiness, which one almost fancies they only tried to stifle in their own minds, as well as crush in Pilate's, in case he should have any lurking suspicion that he had done wrong in yielding to them.

said, while he was yet alive—Important testimony this, from the lips of His bitterest enemies, to the reality of Christ's death; the corner-stone of the whole Christian religion.

After three days—which, according to the customary Jewish way of reckoning, need signify no more than "after the commencement of the third day."

I will rise again—"I rise," in the present tense, thus reporting not only the fact that this prediction of His had reached their ears, but that they understood Him to look forward confidently to its occurring on the very day named.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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