Matthew 27:52

“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the graues were opened, and many bodies of Saints which slept, arose,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the resting-places of the dead came open; and the bodies of a number of sleeping saints came to life;
- Basic English Bible

and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep arose,
- Darby Bible

And the graves were opened, and many bodies of saints who slept, arose,
- Webster's Bible

the tombs opened; and many of God's people who were asleep in death awoke.
- Weymouth Bible

The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
- World English Bible

and many bodies of seyntis that hadden slepte, rysen vp.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who have fallen asleep, arose,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 27:52


27:52 Some of the tombs were shattered and laid open by the earthquake, and while they continued unclosed (and they must have stood open all the Sabbath, seeing the law would not allow any attempt to close them) many bodies of holy men were raised, (perhaps Simeon, Zacharias, John the Baptist, and others who had believed in Christ, and were known to many in Jerusalem,) And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, went into the holy city (Jerusalem) and appeared to many - Who had probably known them before: God hereby signifying, that Christ had conquered death, and would raise all his saints in due season.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 27:52


Mt 27:52 The graves were opened. The convulsions of the earth would naturally roll the stones from the doors of the sepulchers. The saints which slept arose. Who is not stated, or whether their bodies returned to the grave again. Their rising was a testimony that the death of Christ is life to the saints.

Discussion for Matthew 27

  • BB
    As we approach the solar eclipse I thought of vs 45 when darkness fell from 6th hour to 9th hour. My thoughts will be on this as the eclipse takes place. One of the best sermons I have heard lately was about the fact that the worst that happened to Jesus that day wasn t most likely not the physical toll he took but the period of time that his father had to turn his back on his son.
  • Lu2677
    Matthew 27 is;( Christ was tried, crucified, buried, V.66 they sealed the entrance of his tomb.)v.52."And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept, arose, v.53"and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the city and appeared to many."There were saints/dead before the birth of Christ. It does not say 52-53 is a glimpse into the future.Read V.54
  • A disciple
    Hi Jacqueline; I think that this was a special sign done for showing the people of Jerusalem what they were not willing to believe in; and of that which will happen in Israel and all over the world when Jesus is revealed at His coming in glory and power. The Saints who sleep shall be the first to arise, and then we who still live and remain till His coming; "and we shall be changed, IN A MOMENT."
  • Jacqueline mitchell
    please explain matt 27:52 is this the special resurrection and where could i find other verses related to this? thank you so much.
  • Lu2677
    Felicia,I saw your verse you call "fundamental doctrine"I believe all of God's word is fundamental, all 66 books. All essential to salvation. I am not a Fundamentalist. Man cannot pick and chose which scripture is essential doctrine,but they do. All of God's word is sound doctrine.
  • Felicia
    A Disciple - Many of us are like Judas we feel remorse for the evil we have done to others but not repentant towards God. It's the disposition of heart. We will do well to learn from David in Ps 51:4 "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest .." Judas preferred to die for himself he didn't want Jesus to die for Him.

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