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Matthew 26:38

    Matthew 26:38 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: tarry you here, and watch with me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then says he to them, My soul is very sad, even to death: keep watch with me here.

    Webster's Revision

    Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.

    World English Bible

    Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:38

    Then saith he - Then saith - Jesus: - I have added the word Jesus, ὁ Ιησους, on the authority of a multitude of eminent MSS. See them in Griesbach.

    My soul is exceeding sorrowful, (or, is surrounded with exceeding sorrow), even unto death - This latter word explains the two former: My soul is so dissolved in sorrow, my spirit is filled with such agony and anguish, that, if speedy succor be not given to my body, death must be the speedy consequence.

    Now, the grand expiatory sacrifice begins to be offered: in this garden Jesus enters fully into the sacerdotal office; and now, on the altar of his immaculate divinity, begins to offer his own body - his own life - a lamb without spot, for the sin of the world. St. Luke observes, Luke 22:43, Luke 22:44, that there appeared unto him an angel from heaven strengthening him; and that, being in an agony, his sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground. How exquisite must this anguish have been, when it forced the very blood through the coats of the veins, and enlarged the pores in such a preternatural manner as to cause them to empty it out in large successive drops! In my opinion, the principal part of the redemption price was paid in this unprecedented and indescribable agony.

    Bloody sweats are mentioned by many authors; but none was ever such as this - where a person in perfect health, (having never had any predisposing sickness to induce a debility of the system), and in the full vigor of life, about thirty-three years of age, suddenly, through mental pressure, without any fear of death, sweat great drops of blood; and these continued, during his wrestling with God to fall to the ground.

    To say that all this was occasioned by the fear he had of the ignominious death which he was about to die confutes itself - for this would not only rob him of his divinity, for which purpose it is brought, but it deprives him of all excellency, and even of manhood itself. The prospect of death could not cause him to suffer thus, when he knew that in less than three days he was to be restored to life, and be brought into an eternity of blessedness. His agony and distress can receive no consistent explication but on this ground - He Suffered, the Just for the Unjust, that he might Bring us to God. O glorious truth! O infinitely meritorious suffering! And O! above all, the eternal love, that caused him to undergo such sufferings for the sake of Sinners!

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:38

    My soul is exceeding sorrowful - His human nature - his soul - was much and deeply affected and pressed down.

    Even unto death - This denotes extreme sorrow and agony.

    The sufferings of death are the greatest of which we have any knowledge; they are the most feared and dreaded by man; and those sufferings are therefore put for extreme and indescribable anguish. The meaning may be thus expressed: My sorrows are so great that under their burden I am ready to die; such is the anxiety of mind, that I seem to bear the pains of death!

    Tarry ye here and watch with me - The word rendered "watch" means, literally, to abstain from sleep; then to be vigilant, or to guard against danger. Here it seems to mean to sympathize with him, to unite with him in seeking divine support, and to prepare themselves for approaching dangers.