And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
 

15:21 Simon a Cyrenian. This incident is mentioned in all three synoptic gospels. Cyrene was a city in North Africa. Simon evidently became a Christian; otherwise it is doubtful that the writers would have known his name, and especially the names of his sons.

15:21 Alexander and Rufus. Matthew and Luke also mention Simon, but only Mark mentions Alexander and Rufus, presumably because he knew the family. Rufus probably became a Christian, for there is a Rufus mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:13.


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