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Matthew 27:59

    Matthew 27:59 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Joseph took the body, folding it in clean linen,

    Webster's Revision

    And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    World English Bible

    Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:59

    Wrapped it in a clean linen cloth - The Jews, as well as the Egyptians, added spices to keep the body from putrefaction, and the linen was wrapped about every part to keep the aromatics in contact with the flesh. From John 19:39, John 19:40, we learn that a mixture of myrrh and aloes of one hundred pounds' weight had been applied to the body of Jesus when he was buried. And that a second embalmment was intended, we learn from Luke 23:56; Luke 24:1, as the hurry to get the body interred before the Sabbath did not permit them to complete, the embalming in the first instance. See an account of the mode of embalming among the Egyptians, in the note on Genesis 50:2, Genesis 50:26 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:59

    "He wrapped it in a clean linen cloth." John adds that this was done "with spices" John 19:40. The Jews were accustomed to use myrrh, aloes, and other aromatics in large quantities when they buried their dead. When they were not regularly embalmed, which was a long and tedious process, they enclosed the spices in the folds of the linen, or wrapped the body in it. Spices were sometimes used in such quantities as to form a "heap or bed," on which the dead body was laid. Thus it is said of Asa 2 Chronicles 16:14, "they laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and spices," etc. There not being time properly to embalm the body of Jesus, he was buried in this manner. The women who attended him, either not being aware of this, or desirous of showing a further regard for him, returned from the sepulchre and prepared other spices with which to embalm him on the first day of the week, Luke 23:56; Luke 24:1.