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Mark 15:19-20

15:19 Again and again 1  they struck him on the head with a staff 2  and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 15:20 When they had finished mocking 3  him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then 4  they led him away to crucify him. 5 

Mark 15:36

15:36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 6  put it on a stick, 7  and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!”

1 tn The verb here has been translated as an iterative imperfect.

2 tn Or “a reed.” The Greek term can mean either “staff” or “reed.” See BDAG 502 s.v. κάλαμος 2.

3 tn The aorist tense is taken consummatively here.

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

5 sn See the note on Crucify in 15:13.

6 sn Sour wine refers to cheap wine that was called in Latin posca, a cheap vinegar wine diluted heavily with water. It was the drink of slaves and soldiers, and was probably there for the soldiers who had performed the crucifixion.

7 tn Grk “a reed.”

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