John 19:31

“The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Iewes therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remaine vpon the Crosse on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was an high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and {that} they might be taken away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross upon the sabbath (for the day of that sabbath was a high `day'), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and `that' they might be taken away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
- Basic English Bible

The Jews therefore, that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for it was [the] preparation, (for the day of that sabbath was a great [day],) demanded of Pilate that their legs might be broken and they taken away.
- Darby Bible

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath, (for that sabbath was a great day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
- Webster's Bible

Meanwhile the Jews, because it was the day of Preparation for the Passover, and in order that the bodies might not remain on the crosses during the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was one of special solemnity), requested Pilate to have the legs of the dying men broken, and the bodies removed.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn't remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
- World English Bible

Therfor for it was the pask eue, that the bodies schulden not abide on the cros in the sabat, for that was a greet sabat dai, the Jewis preiden Pilat, that the hipis of hem schulden be brokun, and thei takun awei.
- Wycliffe Bible

The Jews, therefore, that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, since it was the preparation, (for that sabbath day was a great one,) asked of Pilate that their legs may be broken, and they taken away.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 19:31


19:31 Lest the bodies should remain on the cross on the Sabbath - Which they would have accounted a profanation of any Sabbath, but of that in particular. For that Sabbath was a great day - Being not only a Sabbath, but the second day of the feast of unleavened bread (from whence they reckoned the weeks to pentecost:) and also the day for presenting and offering the sheaf of new corn: so that it was a treble solemnity.


People's Bible Notes for John 19:31


Joh 19:31 Because it was the preparation. For the passover. See Joh 19:14. That sabbath was an high day. A double Sabbath, both the weekly Sabbath and a passover Sabbath. It was usual Roman custom to leave crucified bodies on the cross, but out of deference to their wishes Pilate consents that the legs of the victims should be broken in order to hasten death, so that the bodies might be taken down and buried. The legs were crushed with a hammer like a sledge and the shock would bring speedy death.

Discussion for John 19

  • A disciple
    Hi Jeff; Thanks for writing back! I'm glad you say we don't disagree; however I don't like the words, "same path" for what it implies. Up until the day Jesus was risen from the grave, and He breathed on them and opened their understanding to the Scriptures; it was hidden from them how Jesus had to go to the cross for us. All the disciples fled for fear; in this Peter was like them; NOT like Judas!
  • Jeff Berry
    Disciple; I don't think we "disagree". (Unless you believe that Judas had no choice...then I would respectfully disagree). Certainly, Judas had traveled much farther down that path than Peter. (And possibly Judas was never a believer). But Peter repented. I just see a contrast between Judas' choice and Peter's and an example of God's wonderful grace. Blessings my friend!
  • A disciple
    Jeff; you said, "..Two men, both heading down the same path.." I have to strongly disagree with you brother. There is a huge difference between Peter and Judas Iscariot! Peter loved the Lord Jesus, but being unprepared for the sudden crisis, he was filled with fear and not himself, and in that vulnerable condition, shamefully sinned. Judas on the other hand was willfully fallen away for some time.
  • Jeff Berry
    I do not doubt that Judas could have repented at any time....Scripture would have been fulfilled. We have here another individual (Peter) that is an example of someone that also denies Jesus but responds to God's grace by repenting. Two men, both heading down the same path but only one embraced God's wonderful grace.
  • Ray321
    John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. They were supposed to break Jesus bones, but thru the Grace of God, they didn't. The Bible is true and Holy.
  • Douglas G Wells
    All of this should of happen to set people free from sin. From then do today until Christ setts his kingdom on new Earth and new Heaven

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