The Meaning of Matthew 27:62 Explained

Matthew 27:62

KJV: Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

YLT: And on the morrow that is after the preparation, were gathered together the chief priests, and the Pharisees, unto Pilate,

Darby: Now on the morrow, which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

ASV: Now on the morrow, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together unto Pilate,

What does Matthew 27:62 Mean?

Verse Meaning

The day to which Matthew referred was the Sabbath. He probably referred to it as he did to avoid the confusion that often arises when describing the Sabbaths associated with feasts. The Sanhedrin members could confer with Pilate if they did not have to travel more than a Sabbath day"s journey and if they did not have to enter his residence (cf. John 18:28). However they could hardly do everything else they did without violating the Sabbath, something they hypocritically had charged Jesus with doing.

Context Summary

Matthew 27:57-66 - The Closed And Guarded Tomb
Fear not to entrust yourself to God in death. If you yield up your spirit and commend it to the Father's hands, He will provide for it and for your body also. He has His Josephs everywhere. He will provide loving hands for the body, which was the shrine and casket of the precious jewel that He bought at so great a cost. Precious in His sight is the death of His saints, Psalms 116:15.
The kings and princes of this world set themselves to guard the sepulcher of the Son of God by sealing-wax and sentries. They might as well have endeavored to restrain the bursting life of spring. Said the King of Terrors to Captain Corruption, "Take care to keep this Man's body fast." But what did this avail, when it had been ordained that he should not stay in Hades, nor even see corruption? Whatever your foes may do against you will not avail, if only you wait patiently for God. See Psalms 40:1-17. [source]

Chapter Summary: Matthew 27

1  Jesus is delivered bound to Pilate
3  Judas hangs himself
19  Pilate, admonished of his wife,
20  and being urged by the multitude, washes his hands, and releases Barabbas
27  Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns;
33  crucified;
39  reviled;
50  dies, and is buried;
62  his tomb is sealed and watched

What do the individual words in Matthew 27:62 mean?

- And the next day which is after the Preparation were gathered together the chief priests and Pharisees before Pilate
Τῇ δὲ ἐπαύριον ἥτις ἐστὶν μετὰ τὴν Παρασκευήν συνήχθησαν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ Φαρισαῖοι πρὸς Πιλᾶτον

Τῇ  - 
Parse: Article, Dative Feminine Singular
Sense: this, that, these, etc.
ἐπαύριον  the  next  day 
Parse: Adverb
Root: ἐπαύριον  
Sense: on the morrow, the next day.
μετὰ  after 
Parse: Preposition
Root: μετά  
Sense: with, after, behind.
Παρασκευήν  Preparation 
Parse: Noun, Accusative Feminine Singular
Root: παρασκευή  
Sense: a making ready, preparation, equipping.
συνήχθησαν  were  gathered  together 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Indicative Passive, 3rd Person Plural
Root: συνάγω  
Sense: to gather together, to gather.
ἀρχιερεῖς  chief  priests 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Plural
Root: ἀρχιερεύς  
Sense: chief priest, high priest.
Φαρισαῖοι  Pharisees 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Plural
Root: Φαρισαῖος  
Sense: A sect that seems to have started after the Jewish exile.
πρὸς  before 
Parse: Preposition
Root: πρός  
Sense: to the advantage of.
Πιλᾶτον  Pilate 
Parse: Noun, Accusative Masculine Singular
Root: Πειλᾶτος 
Sense: the sixth Roman procurator of Judah and Samaria who ordered Christ to be crucified.