New International Version
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.
King James Bible
And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
Darby Bible Translation
And there were there many women beholding from afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him,
World English Bible
Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him.
Young's Literal Translation
And there were there many women beholding from afar, who did follow Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Many women - To their everlasting honor, these women evidenced more courage, and affectionate attachment to their Lord and Master, than the disciples did, who had promised to die with him rather than forsake him.
Beholding afar off - At a distance - απο μακροθεν. Though this expression may be understood to refer, rather to the distance from which they came, (viz. from Galilee), than the distance they stood from the cross; yet, as all malefactors were crucified naked, perhaps this may account for the distance at which these modest women stood.
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'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, …
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Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.
In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
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