1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

John 19:39

ESV Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.
NIV He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.
NASB Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred litras weight.
CSB Nicodemus (who had previously come to him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about seventy-five pounds of myrrh and aloes.
NLT With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes.
KJV And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

What does John 19:39 mean?

Nicodemus is the only person associated with the Jewish religious leaders who seems to have been open about His views. He visited Jesus in private (John 3:1–2), but also spoke up in Jesus' defense among his peers (John 7:51). Here, he joins with another council member, Joseph, who has gotten permission to take Jesus' body for burial (John 19:38). It's almost certain that the group who condemned Jesus to death in a sham trial deliberately excluded men like these (Matthew 26:57–59; Luke 23:50–51).

Nicodemus brings along common burial materials. Rather than remove organs or embalm a body, Jewish people typically covered the corpse in perfumes to allow a controlled, natural decay. The original Greek of this verse lists these as totaling 100 litras, with each litra being just under 330 grams. This represents roughly 75 modern pounds, or 33 kilograms.

Nicodemus and Joseph have little time to bury Jesus (John 19:31). Fortunately, Joseph's own personal tomb (Matthew 27:59) is close by (John 19:41) and has been recently completed.
What is the Gospel?
Download the app: