John 19:38

“ And after this, Ioseph of Arimathea (being a disciple of Iesus, but secretly for feare of the Iewes) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Iesus, and Pilate gaue him leaue: he came therefore, and tooke the body of Iesus.”

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And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave [him] leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
- King James Version

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret {one} for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And after these things Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave `him' leave. He came therefore, and took away his body.
- American Standard Version (1901)

After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body.
- Basic English Bible

And after these things Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly through fear of the Jews, demanded of Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus: and Pilate allowed it. He came therefore and took away the body of Jesus.
- Darby Bible

And after this, Joseph of Arimathea (being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore and took the body of Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

After this, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but for fear of the Jews a secret disciple, asked Pilate's permission to carry away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and removed the body.
- Weymouth Bible

After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus' body. Pilate gave him permission. He came therefore and took away his body.
- World English Bible

But after these thingis Joseph of Armathi preyede Pilat, that he schulde take awei the bodi of Jhesu, for that he was a disciple of Jhesu, but priui for drede of the Jewis. And Pilat suffride. And so he cam, and took awei the bodi of Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

And after these things did Joseph of Arimathea -- being a disciple of Jesus, but concealed, through the fear of the Jews -- ask of Pilate, that he may take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave leave; he came, therefore, and took away the body of Jesus,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 19:38


19:38 Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate - And Nicodemus also came - Acknowledging Christ, when even his chosen disciples forsook him. In that extremity Joseph was no longer afraid, Nicodemus no longer ashamed.


People's Bible Notes for John 19:38


Joh 19:38-42 For notes on the Burial, see Mt 27:57-66. Compare Mr 15:42-47 Lu 23:50-56.

Discussion for John 19

  • Ann Hering
    Joe...Joseph died and his brother Cleophas marries Mary according to Levirate marriage. Jesus, the first born, transfers His inheritance to John Mark to take care of His mother after His death. John Mark takes care of Mary when Cleophas dies. Acts 12:12 ...he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark ...
  • Ann Hering
    Josh Ferguson...John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. There are ONLY 2 Mary s at the cross. Mary, Jesus mother the wife of Cleophas AND Mary Magdalene His mother s sister . Mary married Cleophas Alphaeus after Joseph died. Mary, called Magdalene, is Mary s sister, Jesus Aunt!
  • Oliver williams
    When Jesus declared that it is finished, could this also be interpreted in the context that He had finished setting up the governmental structure upon which the New Testament Church will be built?
  • A disciple
    Jesus submitted to the God-ordained supreme authority of the priests and the elders of Israel; even though they themselves were wicked, and used their authority for their own criminal agenda. The Roman Governor however was also guilty in that he hearkened to their voices, whom HE KNEW were only raging against Jesus out of envy and hatred, and that Jesus was innocent! Still Jesus bore it patiently!
  • A disciple
    The priests and rulers of the people delivered Jesus to the heathen to be put to death, and are the ones with the greater sin. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son... and this is what MEN DO IN RESPONSE TO THAT LOVE! Jesus being condemned and crucified shows man's wickedness and man's sinful and perverted condition. The Father vindicated His Son by raising Him from dead.
  • Eutychus
    "Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." Vs 11. I've been asked, "Who is this, the HE that hath the greater sin?" Is it God? The answer is found in the previous chapter, vs 35, "Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priest have delivered thee unto me"..

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