And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Two thieves.—Better, as in Matthew 27:38, two robbers.
The King of the Jews - See the notes at Matthew 27:37.
See on Joh 19:17-30.See Poole on "Mark 15:21"
the one on his right hand, and the other on his left; as if he had been one of them, and a principal among them; See Gill on Matthew 27:38.And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)27. two thieves] Rather, two robbers, or malefactors as St Luke calls them (Luke 23:33). See note above, Mark 11:17. It is more than probable that they belonged to the band of Barabbas and “had been engaged in one of those fierce and fanatical outbreaks against the Roman domination which on a large scale or a small so fast succeeded one another in the latter days of the Jewish commonwealth.” This explains the fact that we read of no mockery of them, of no gibes levelled against them. They were the popular heroes. They realized the popular idea of the Messiah. See Trench’s Studies, p. 294.Verse 27. - And with him they crucify two robbers (λησταί) - not "thieves" (κλέπται); St. Luke (Luke 23:32) shows that these two robbers formed a part of the procession to Calvary; but they were crucified after our Lord - one on his right hand, and one on his left. We know from St. Luke (Luke 23:40) that one of these malefactors was saved; while it would appear that the other died in his sins. And thus Christ upon his cross, between these two men, and with the title of King over his head, presented a striking and awful picture of the final judgment. Such is the view of St. Ambrose on St. Luke 22, and of St. Augustine, who says," This cross, if you mark it well, was a judgment-seat. For the Judge being placed in the midst, the one who believed was set free; the other who reviled him was condemned; and thus he signified what he will do with the quick and the dead. Some he will place on his right hand, and some on his left" (Augustine, Tract. 31 in S. Johan.).
Rev., robbers. See on Matthew 27:38.
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