New Living Translation
Pilate couldn't believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet.
King James Bible
And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
Darby Bible Translation
And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and having called to him the centurion, he inquired of him if he had long died.
World English Bible
Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long.
Young's Literal Translation
And Pilate wondered if he were already dead, and having called near the centurion, did question him if he were long dead,
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LibraryThe Centurion at the Cross.
MATT. XXVII. 54. Comp. MARK XV. 39. "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 [a] Son of God." LUKE XXIII. 47. "Now, when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying: Certainly this was a righteous man." Note.--The centurion here spoken of is the one who, according to Roman custom, presided over the execution (hence called by Seneca centurio supplicio præpositus; …
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Joseph of Arimathea
"Himself He could not Save. " --Mark xv. 31
Whether Christ was Buried in a Becoming Manner?
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, "I tell you the truth, I haven't seen faith like this in all Israel!
Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)
The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.
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