Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus ,.... The crucifixion of Christ was at the request and solicitation of the Jews, was ordered by the Roman governor, and performed by the Roman soldiers; the sinful men into whose hands Christ was to be delivered:
took his garments ; which they had stripped his body of, crucifying him naked; as what properly belonged to them, it being usual then, as now, for executioners to have the clothes of the persons they put to death; these were his inner garments:
and made four parts, to every soldier a part ; for it seems there were four of them concerned in his execution, and who were set to watch him:
and also his coat ; or upper garment;
now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout : in such an one the Jews say
"the garments of the priests are not made of needlework, but of woven work; as it is said, Exodus 28:32 . Abai says, it is not necessary (i.e. the use of the needle) but for their sleeves; according to the tradition, the sleeve of the garments of the priests is woven by itself, and is joined to the garment, and reaches to the palm of the hand.'
So that this was an entire woven garment from top to bottom, excepting the sleeves, which were wove separately and sewed to it; of this kind also was his coat, which Jacob Iehudah Leon says
"was a stately woollen coat of a sky colour, wholly woven, all of one piece, without seam, without sleeves;'
such a garment Christ our great High Priest wore, which had no seam in it, but was a curious piece of texture from top to bottom. The very learned Braunius