39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Other Translations of Matthew 27:39

New International Version

39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

English Standard Version

39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads

The Message

39 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament:

New King James Version

39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

New Living Translation

39 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 27:39

Commentary on Matthew 27:35-44

(Read Matthew 27:35-44)

It was usual to put shame upon malefactors, by a writing to notify the crime for which they suffered. So they set up one over Christ's head. This they designed for his reproach, but God so overruled it, that even his accusation was to his honour. There were crucified with him at the same time, two robbers. He was, at his death, numbered among the transgressors, that we, at our death, might be numbered among the saints. The taunts and jeers he received are here recorded. The enemies of Christ labour to make others believe that of religion and of the people of God, which they themselves know to be false. The chief priests and scribes, and the elders, upbraid Jesus with being the King of Israel. Many people could like the King of Israel well enough, if he would but come down from the cross; if they could but have his kingdom without the tribulation through which they must enter into it. But if no cross, then no Christ, no crown. Those that would reign with him, must be willing to suffer with him. Thus our Lord Jesus, having undertaken to satisfy the justice of God, did it, by submitting to the punishment of the worst of men. And in every minute particular recorded about the sufferings of Christ, we find some prediction in the Prophets or the Psalms fulfilled.