Mark 16:5 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

5. Entering into the sepulchre The sepulchres of the ancient Jews were often hewn in the solid rock, and consisted usually of two or more apartments. Entering its front door, you find its first and largest apartment to be a room several feet square. From this a low door opens into another apartment, into which you descend by a flight of steps. This is the sepulchre, or place where the corpse is deposited, either in cells cut into the wall, extending lengthwise to the distance of six or seven feet, or shelves cut parallel to the room, so that the entire length of the corpse would be visible. It is probable that the sepulchre in which our Lord was deposited was of this latter kind, for the two angels seen by Mary Magdalene stood one at the head and the other at the foot, where the body of Jesus had lain. Joh 20:12. We may suppose then that the women entered the first apartment (sometimes called the court) and saw the young man at the right hand, near or within the sepulchre, at which place he could easily invite them to see where the Lord had lain. Whether the whole train of women entered or not is not certain, but probably Mary, Salome, and Joanna did enter the first apartment. Nor is it certain whether any of them complied with the invitation to enter the sepulchre to see the shelf on which the sacred body had been deposited.

Young man A man in form but an angel in nature. It would seem that angelic beings can assume different forms, and invest themselves with apparent habiliments, and present or withdraw themselves from sight as they please. So our Lord in his resurrection body could make himself more or less known, as he chose, to his disciples. And this answers the very foolish question which some have asked: Whence did Jesus procure his resurrection garments? Sitting on the right side At their right hand as they entered the inner chamber.

Consult other comments:

Mark 16:5 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 16:5 - The Greek Testament

Mark 16:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 16:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 16:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 16:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:5 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 16:5 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 16:5 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 16:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 16:5 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 16:5 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 16:5 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 16:5 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:5 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 16:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Mark 16:5 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Mark 16:5 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Mark 16:5 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 16:5 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Mark 16:5 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 16:5 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 16:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 16:5 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 16:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 16:5 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments