Matthew 27:36

And sitting down they watched him there;
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Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
And sitting down they watched Him there. They watched Him lest His disciples should take Him away, or lest He should miraculously descend. But in the Divine counsels it was for another purpose, which they knew not. For, as S. Jerome says, "The watchfulness of the soldiers and of the priests was for our benefit, as manifesting more fully the power of His resurrection." For they saw Him dying on the Cross, and after He had been seen again alive, would be obliged to confess that He had risen by Divine power.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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