New International Version
And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.
King James Bible
And sitting down they watched him there;
Darby Bible Translation
And sitting down, they kept guard over him there.
World English Bible
and they sat and watched him there.
Young's Literal Translation
and sitting down, they were watching him there,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They watched him - To prevent his disciples or relatives from taking away the body or affording any relief to the sufferer.
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LibraryThe 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
Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.
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