And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit on him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)They smote . . . did spit . . . worshipped.—All three verbs are in the tense which implies frequent repetition.
Mr 15:1-20. Jesus Is Brought before Pilate—At a Second Hearing, Pilate, after Seeking to Release Him, Delivers Him Up—After Being Cruelly Entreated, He Is Led Away to Be Crucified. ( = Mt 26:1, 2, 11-31; Lu 23:1-6, 13-25; Joh 18:28-19:16).
See on Joh 18:28-19:16.See Poole on "Mark 15:2"
and did spit upon him; "upon his face", as the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions read:
and bowing their knees, as to a sovereign prince,And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)19. smote him] Rather, began to smite or kept smiting Him.
with a reed] The same which they had already put into His hands as a sceptre.
did spit upon him] See note above, ch. Mark 14:65.Verse 19. - And they smote his head with a reed - the same reed, according to St. Matthew (Matthew 27:29, 30), which they bad first put into his right hand as a scepter, to complete the mocking symbolism - and did spit upon him (ἐνέπτυον αὐτῷ). The verb is in the imperfect; they did it again and again.
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