The Harmony Of The Gospels by St. Augustine
Chapter XII.--Of the Concord Preserved Among All the Four Evangelists on the Subject of the Parting of His Raiment.
39. Matthew goes on thus: |And after they crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots: and sitting down, they watched Him.| Mark reports the same incident, as follows: |And crucifying Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.| In like manner Luke says: |And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding.| The occurrence is thus recorded briefly by the first three. But John gives us a more detailed narrative of the method in which the act was gone about. His version runs thus: |Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also His coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my garments, and for my vesture they did cast lots.|