Matthew 27:47

ESV And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
NIV When some of those standing there heard this, they said, 'He's calling Elijah.'
NASB And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, said, 'This man is calling for Elijah.'
CSB When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling for Elijah."
NLT Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.
KJV Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

What does Matthew 27:47 mean?

Jesus has called out to God in a loud voice: "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" He apparently spoke in Aramaic, as He usually did. Here He is quoted using a version of the Hebrew name for God, which is "Eloi." He was clearly quoting Psalm 22:1, which says, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:35–46). This was either Jesus quoting the Old Testament to declare its prophesy, or crying out in anguish, or both. What He is experiencing is part of God's ultimate plan (Matthew 26:53–54) but is also agonizing and brutal (Matthew 26:38–44).

Some of those standing nearby misunderstood what Jesus had said. They heard "Eli" and believed Jesus was calling "Elijah" instead of God the Father. It's possible they thought Jesus was calling the powerful prophet Elijah to come and save Him now. Enemies who have been taunting Jesus used that as part of their abuse: that He ought to save Himself, or have God rescue Him, if He really was who He claimed to be.
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