Matthew 27:66
New International Version
So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

New Living Translation
So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

English Standard Version
So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Berean Study Bible
So they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.

Berean Literal Bible
And having gone with the guard, they made the tomb secure, having sealed the stone.

King James Bible
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

New King James Version
So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

New American Standard Bible
And they went and made the tomb secure with the guard, sealing the stone.

NASB 1995
And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

NASB 1977
And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

Amplified Bible
So they went and made the tomb secure, and along with [stationing] a guard of soldiers [to be on watch] they set a seal on the stone.

Christian Standard Bible
They went and secured the tomb by setting a seal on the stone and placing the guards.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

American Standard Version
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, the guard being with them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they went to guard the tomb, and they together with the guards sealed the stone.

Contemporary English Version
So they sealed it tight and placed soldiers there to guard it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards.

English Revised Version
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, the guard being with them.

Good News Translation
So they left and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and leaving the guard on watch.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they went to secure the tomb. They placed a seal on the stone and posted the soldiers on guard duty.

International Standard Version
So they went and secured the tomb by putting a seal on the stone in the presence of the guards.

Literal Standard Version
and they, having gone, made the grave secure, having sealed the stone, together with the guard.

NET Bible
So they went with the soldiers of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

New Heart English Bible
So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.

Weymouth New Testament
So they went and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone besides setting the guard.

World English Bible
So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.

Young's Literal Translation
and they, having gone, did make the sepulchre secure, having sealed the stone, together with the watch.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Guards at the Tomb
65“You have a guard,” Pilate said. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66So they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.

Cross References
Daniel 6:17
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that nothing concerning Daniel could be changed.

Matthew 27:60
and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut into the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Matthew 27:65
"You have a guard," Pilate said. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how."

Matthew 28:2
Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it.

Matthew 28:11
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.

Mark 16:4
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, even though it was extremely large.

John 20:1
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.


Treasury of Scripture

So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

and made.

sealing.

Daniel 6:17
And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.









(66) Sealing the stone.--The opening of the tomb had been already closed by the stone which had been rolled so as to fill, or nearly fill, it. The sealing was probably effected by drawing one or more ropes across the stone and fastening either end to the rock with wax or cement of some kind.

And setting a watch.--Better, with the guard. What is meant is that the priests were not content to leave the work to the soldiers, but actually took part in it themselves.

Verse 66. - So they (οἱ δὲ, and they) went. They left the procurator's presence, relieved at having gained their request and precluded all fear of collusion. Sealing the stone, and setting a watch (μετὰ τῆς κουστωδίας, with the watch; cum custodibus). The last words are variously rendered. Thus: "scaled the stone by means of the watch" (Alford); "scaling the stone, the guard being with them" (Revised Version); "as well as having the watch" (Webster and Wilkinson); "in concert with the guard" (Morison). This last expositor has best seized the complex notion contained in the evangelist's language: "They made the sepulchre sure by sealing the stone in concert with the guard (and thereafter leaving the guard to keep watch)." The stone was sealed probably in this manner: a cord was passed round the stone that closed the mouth of the sepulchre to the two sides of the entrance; this was scaled with wax or prepared clay in the centre and at the ends, so that the stone could not be removed without breaking the seals or the cord (comp. Daniel 6:17). Thus carefully did Christ's enemies obviate the possibility of any fraud or collusion; thus did they themselves prove unanswerably the truth and reality of the resurrection of that same Jesus whoso dead body they so carefully guarded. "Everywhere deceit recoils upon itself, and. against its will supports the truth. It was necessary for it to be believed that he died, and that he rose again, and that he was buried, and all these things are brought to pass by his enemies .... The proof of his resurrection has become incontrovertible by what ye [his enemies] have put forward. For because it was sealed, there was no unfair dealing. But if there was no unfair dealing, and the sepulchre was found empty, it is manifest that he is risen, plainly and incontrovertibly. Seest thou how even against their will they contend for the proof of the truth?" (St. Chrysostom, in loc.).



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

they went [and]
πορευθέντες (poreuthentes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4198: To travel, journey, go, die.

secured the tomb
ἠσφαλίσαντο (ēsphalisanto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 805: To make safe (secure, fast). From asphales; to render secure.

by sealing
σφραγίσαντες (sphragisantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4972: To seal, set a seal upon. From sphragis; to stamp for security or preservation; by implication, to keep secret, to attest.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

stone
λίθον (lithon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3037: A stone; met: of Jesus as the chief stone in a building. Apparently a primary word; a stone.

[and posting]
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

guard.
κουστωδίας (koustōdias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2892: A guard, watch. Of Latin origin; 'custody', i.e. A Roman sentry.


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