Matthew 27:38
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New International Version
Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

King James Bible
Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Darby Bible Translation
Then are crucified with him two robbers, one on the right hand and one on the left.

World English Bible
Then there were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left.

Young's Literal Translation
Then crucified with him are two robbers, one on the right hand, and one on the left,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Two thieves - ΛῃϚαι, robbers, or cutthroats: men who had committed robbery and murder; for it does not appear that persons were crucified for robbery only. Thus was our Lord numbered (his name enrolled, placed as it were in the death warrant) with transgressors, according to the prophetic declaration, Isaiah 53:12; and the Jews placed him between these two, perhaps to intimate that he was the worst felon of the three.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong...

Mark 15:27,28 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left...

Luke 22:37 For I say to you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors...

Luke 23:32,33,39-43 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death...

John 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the middle.

John 19:31-35 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath day...

Library
The Blind Watchers at the Cross
'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Crucifixion
'And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34. They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35. And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots. 36. And sitting down they watched Him there; 37. And set up over His head His accusation written, THIS
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Eloi.
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"--ST MATTHEW xxvii. 46. I do not know that I should dare to approach this, of all utterances into which human breath has ever been moulded, most awful in import, did I not feel that, containing both germ and blossom of the final devotion, it contains therefore the deepest practical lesson the human heart has to learn. The Lord, the Revealer, hides nothing that can be revealed, and will not warn away the foot that treads in naked humility even upon the
George MacDonald—Unspoken Sermons

Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
(Jerusalem. Friday After Dawn.) ^A Matt. XXVII. 1, 2; ^B Mark XV. 1; ^C Luke XXII. 66-23:1; ^D John XVIII. 28. ^a 1 Now when morning was come, ^c 66 And as soon as it was day, ^b straightway ^c the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away into their council, ^a all the chief priests and { ^b with} the elders ^a of the people ^b and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and ^a took counsel against Jesus to put
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Matthew 27:37
Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

Matthew 27:39
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

Luke 23:32
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.

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