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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Matthew 28



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Verse 1

In, &c. For the sequence of events connected with the resurrection see App-166.

In.Greek. en. App-104.

end of = late on, &c.

the sabbath. The weekly sabbath. The seventh day; not the high sabbath of Matthew 28:62 or John 19:42, because that was the first day of the feast (following the "preparation day"). See App-156.

toward. Greek. eis. App-104.

Mary . . . the other Mary. See App-100.

to see = to gaze upon. Greek. theoreo. App-133. Not the same as in verses: Matthew 6:7, Matthew 6:10, Matthew 6:17.

sepulchre. Greek. taphos. As in Matthew 27:61, Matthew 27:64, Matthew 27:66. Not the same as in "tomb" (Matthew 27:60).

Verse 2

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

was = happened.

the LORD = Jehovah (App-4). See App-98.

from = out of. Greek. ek.

heaven. Singular. See note on Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

rolled back = had rolled back.

from = away from. Greek. apo. Compare Matthew 27:37.

sat upon it. See note on Matthew 27:60. Sat that it might he known by what power it was rolled back.

Verse 3

countenance = general appearance. Greek. idea. Occurs only here.

like lightning: in effulgence.

Verse 4

for = from. Greek. apo.

dead men. See App-139.

Verse 5

I know. Greek. oida. See App-132.

Verse 6

as = according as.

see. Greek. eidon. App-133.

lay = was (lately) lying.

Verse 7

the dead. See App-139. (Plural)

into = unto. Greek. eis.

Galilee. App-169.

see. Greek. opsomai. App-133.

Verse 9

went = were going.

met = confronted. As from an opposite direction, Compare the noun (Matthew 25:1, Matthew 25:6. Acts 28:15. 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

held Him by the feet = seized Him by the feet.

worshipped = prostrated themselves before. See App-137.

Verse 11

the watch. See note on Matthew 27:68, Matthew 27:66.

shewed = told. See verses: Matthew 28:8, Matthew 28:9, Matthew 28:10.

were done = had come to pass.

Verse 12

large = sufficient: i.e. to bribe them with.

Verse 13

Saying, Say ye = Telling them to say.

Verse 14

if this come, &c. = Should this come, &c. A condition of uncertainty. App-118.

persuade = satisfy: i.e.

bribe. Compare Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:10. See App-150.

secure you = free you from care: i.e. make you safe, or screen you. Compare 1 Corinthians 7:32.

Verse 15

saying = story. Greek. logos. See note on Mark 9:32.

is = has been.

Verse 16

a = the.

Verse 17

doubted = hesitated. Greek. distazo. Occurs only in Matthew (here and in Matthew 14:31). The Greek aorist may he so rendered, especially in a parenthesis; and is so rendered in Matthew 16:5. Luke 8:29. John 18:24, it should be in Matthew 26:48 and in Luke 22:44 also.

Verse 18

came = approached (as in Matthew 28:9).

spake . . . Saying. "Spake" referring to the act, and "saying" referring to the substance.

power = authority. Greek. exousia. App-172.

is given = has (just, or lately) been given.

heaven. Singular. See note on Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

in = upon. Greek. epi.

Verse 19

Go ye, &c. See App-167.

teach = disciple. Not the same word as in Matthew 28:20.

nations = the nations.

baptizing . . . in. See App-115Tr. and WI m. read "having baptized".

in = into. Denoting object and purpose. Compare Matthew 3:11. Acts 2:38.

the name. Singular. Not "names". This is the final definition of "the Name" of the One true God.

Father. App-98.

the Holy Ghost = the Holy Spirit. Greek. pneuma. See App-101.

Verse 20

always = all the days.

unto = until.

the end of the world = the completion, or consummation, of the age: i.e. that then current dispensation, when this apostolic commission might have ended. See App-129., and note on Matthew 13:39. But as Israel did not then repent (Acts 3:19-26; Acts 28:25-28), hence all is postponed till Matthew 24:14 shall be taken up and fulfilled, "then shall the end (telos) of the sunteleia come". This particular commission was therefore postponed. See App-167.

world = age. Greek. aion. App-129.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Matthew 28:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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