And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,a
The day had 12 hours, starting about 6 AM. The sixth hour was about noon, the ninth hour about 3 PM.
“sixth hour…ninth hour.” This is about our noon to 3 PM. Both the Jews and Romans divided the day into 12 hours, starting at daylight, roughly 6 AM. [For the hours of the day and the watches of the night, see commentary on Mark 6:48].