“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.”
King James Version (KJV)
27:32 Him they compelled to bear his cross - He bore it himself, till he sunk under it, #John 19:17|.
Mt 27:32 As they came out. Of the city. Jesus was crucified "without the gate" (Heb 13:12). A company of soldiers, led by a centurion, had charge. A man of Cyrene. Simon by name, the father of two well-known Christians (Mr 15:21). Cyrene was in North Africa, and was the house of many Jews. To bear his cross. At first Jesus bore his own cross, but exhausted by scourging, sank under the weight (Joh 19:17). Luke seems to show that Simon only bore the "after" part of the cross, the lighter end, which had been dragging on the ground (Lu 23:26).