32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
32 Verse 32. A man of Cyrene-him they compelled to bear his
cross.] In John, Joh 19:16, 17, we are told Christ himself bore
the cross, and this, it is likely, he did for a part of the way;
but, being exhausted with the scourging and other cruel usage
which he had received, he was found incapable of bearing it alone;
therefore they obliged Simon, not, I think, to bear it entirely,
but to assist Christ, by bearing a part of it. It was a constant
practice among the Romans, to oblige criminal to bear their cross
to the place of execution: insomuch that Plutarch makes use of it
as an illustration of the misery of vice. "Every kind of
wickedness produces its own particular torment, just as every
malefactor, when he is brought forth to execution, carries his own
cross." See Lardner's Credib. vol. i. p. 160.