New International Version
and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
King James Bible
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Darby Bible Translation
and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep arose,
World English Bible
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
Young's Literal Translation
and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who have fallen asleep, arose,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And the graves were opened - By the earthquake; and many bodies of saints which slept, i.e. were dead, sleep being a common expression for death in the Scriptures.
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LibraryThe Blind Watchers at the Cross
'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
2 Kings 13:21
Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."
Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.
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