Matthew 27:54
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New International Version
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"

King James Bible
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Darby Bible Translation
But the centurion, and they who were with him on guard over Jesus, seeing the earthquake and the things that took place, feared greatly, saying, Truly this [man] was Son of God.

World English Bible
Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God."

Young's Literal Translation
And the centurion, and those with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were exceedingly afraid, saying, 'Truly this was God's Son.'

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The centurion - The Roman officer who superintended the execution, called centurio, from centum, a hundred, because he had the command of one hundred men.

Truly this was the Son of God - An innocent, holy, and Divine person; and God thus shows his disapprobation of this bloody tragedy. It is not likely that this centurion had any knowledge of the expectation of the Jews relative to the Messiah, and did not use the words in this sense. A son of God, as the Romans used the term, would signify no more than a very eminent or Divine person; a hero.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the centurion.

Matthew 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;

Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,

Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

Acts 21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers...

Acts 23:17,23 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, Bring this young man to the chief captain...

Acts 27:1,43 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to one named Julius...

saw.

Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said...

Luke 23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

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feared.

2 Kings 1:13,14 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up...

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers...

Acts 16:29,30 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas...

Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell...

Truly.

Matthew 27:40,43 And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you be the Son of God, come down from the cross...

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to him, I adjure you by the living God...

Luke 22:70 Then said they all, Are you then the Son of God? And he said to them, You say that I am.

John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Library
The 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

The Crucifixion
'And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34. They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35. And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots. 36. And sitting down they watched Him there; 37. And set up over His head His accusation written, THIS
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Eloi.
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"--ST MATTHEW xxvii. 46. I do not know that I should dare to approach this, of all utterances into which human breath has ever been moulded, most awful in import, did I not feel that, containing both germ and blossom of the final devotion, it contains therefore the deepest practical lesson the human heart has to learn. The Lord, the Revealer, hides nothing that can be revealed, and will not warn away the foot that treads in naked humility even upon the
George MacDonald—Unspoken Sermons

Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
(Jerusalem. Friday After Dawn.) ^A Matt. XXVII. 1, 2; ^B Mark XV. 1; ^C Luke XXII. 66-23:1; ^D John XVIII. 28. ^a 1 Now when morning was come, ^c 66 And as soon as it was day, ^b straightway ^c the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away into their council, ^a all the chief priests and { ^b with} the elders ^a of the people ^b and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and ^a took counsel against Jesus to put
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Matthew 27:36
And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

Matthew 27:43
He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"

Matthew 27:51
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

Mark 15:39
And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

Luke 23:47
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."

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