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Matthew 27:48

    Matthew 27:48 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And straight away one of them went quickly, and took a sponge, and made it full of bitter wine, and put it on a rod and gave him drink.

    Webster's Revision

    And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

    World English Bible

    Immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him a drink.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

    Definitions for Matthew 27:48

    Straightway - Immediately.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:48

    Took a sponge - This being the most convenient way to reach a liquid to his mouth; tied it on a reed, that they might be able to reach his lips with it. This reed, as we learn from St. John, was a stalk of hyssop, which, in that country, must have grown to a considerable magnitude. This appears also to have been done in mercy, to alleviate his sufferings. See Matthew 27:34.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:48

    One of them ran - John Joh 19:28 says that this was in consequence of Jesus' saying "I thirst." One of the effects of crucifixion was excessive thirst.

    Took a sponge - A sponge is a well-known porous substance that easily absorbs water. It was used in this case because, Jesus being elevated, it was difficult to convey a cup to his lips.

    Filled it with vinegar - This was the common drink of Roman soldiers. It was a light wine, turned sour and mixed with water. John says John 19:29 there was a vessel set full of vinegar, probably for the use of the soldiers who watched his crucifixion.

    And put it on a reed - John says it was put upon "hyssop." The "hyssop" was a "shrub," growing so large sometimes as to be called a "tree," 1 Kings 4:33. The stalk of this was what Matthew calls a "reed." The sponge fastened to this could easily be extended to reach the mouth of "Jesus." This vinegar Jesus drank, for it was not intended to "stupefy" him or blunt his sense of pain, like the "wine" and myrrh.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 27:48

    27:48 One taking a sponge, filled it with vinegar - Vinegar and water was the usual drink of the Roman soldiers. It does not appear, that this was given him in derision, but rather with a friendly design, that he might not die before Elijah came. John 19:28.