68 Saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ, Who is it that slapped you?"
|Matthew 27:26-30 |
26 Then Pilate released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered around him the entire cohort of [Roman] soldiers. [A Roman army cohort was 500-600 men.]
28 And they stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a staff in his right hand. And they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
30 Then they spit on him, and took the staff and hit him repeatedly on the head. [The entire garrison of Roman soldiers beat Jesus so much that He was so disfigured that He no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14. The New International reads: "his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being — and his form marred beyond human likeness." From the Word of the Lord within: "It would have helped if one soldier was kind to me."]