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Matthew 27:51

    Matthew 27:51 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the curtain of the Temple was parted in two from end to end; and there was an earth-shock; and the rocks were broken;

    Webster's Revision

    And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent;

    World English Bible

    Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent;

    Definitions for Matthew 27:51

    Rent - Divided; broke or tore apart.
    Twain - Two.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:51

    The veil of the temple was rent - That is, the veil which separated the holy place, where the priests ministered, from the holy of holies, into which the high priest only entered, and that once a year, to make a general expiation for the sins of the people. This rending of the veil was emblematical, and pointed out that the separation between Jews and Gentiles was now abolished, and that the privilege of the high priest was now communicated to all mankind: All might henceforth have access to the throne of grace, through the one great atonement and mediator, the Lord Jesus. See this beautifully illustrated in Hebrews 10:19-22.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:51

    The vail of the temple - This was doubtless the veil, curiously performed, which separated the holy from the most holy place, dividing the temple into two apartments, Exodus 26:31-33.

    In twain - In two pieces or parts. This was the time of day when the priest was burning incense in the holy place, and it is probable that he witnessed it. The most holy place has been usually considered as a type of heaven, and the tearing of the veil to signify that the way to heaven was now open to all - the great High Priest, the Lord Jesus, being about to enter in as the forerunner of his people. However, about the design of the tearing of the veil, the Scriptures are silent, and conjecture is useless.

    And the earth did quake - Or shook. Earthquakes are violent convulsions of the ground, caused commonly by confined and rarefied air. This was probably, however, a miraculous convulsion of the earth, in attestation of the truth that the sufferer was the Messiah, the Son of God, and as an exhibition of wrath at the crimes of those who put him to death. It was not confined to Judea, but was felt in other countries. It is mentioned by Roman writers.

    The rocks rent - That is, were torn asunder. Rocks are still seen at Mount Calvary thus rent asunder, which are said to be the ones that were convulsed when the Saviour died.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 27:51

    27:51 Immediately upon his death, while the sun was still darkened, the veil of the temple, which separated the holy of holies from the court of the priests, though made of the richest and strongest tapestry, was rent in two from the top to the bottom: so that while the priest was ministering at the golden altar (it being the time of the sacrifice) the sacred oracle, by an invisible power was laid open to full view: God thereby signifying the speedy removal of the veil of the Jewish ceremonies the casting down the partition wall, so that the Jews and Gentiles were now admitted to equal privileges, and the opening a way through the veil of his flesh for all believers into the most holy place. And the earth was shaken - There was a general earthquake through the whole globe, though chiefly near Jerusalem: God testifying thereby his wrath against the Jewish nation, for the horrid impiety they were committing.