Matthew 14:23
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New International Version
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

New Living Translation
After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

English Standard Version
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

Berean Study Bible
After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone,

Berean Literal Bible
And having dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. And evening having arrived, He was there alone,

New American Standard Bible
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

King James Bible
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.

International Standard Version
After dismissing the crowds, he went up on a hillside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.

NET Bible
And after he sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.

New Heart English Bible
And after he had sent the crowds away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he had sent the crowds away, he went up to a mountain alone to pray and when it was dark he was there alone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After sending the people away, he went up a mountain to pray by himself. When evening came, he was there alone.

New American Standard 1977
And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had sent the multitude away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray; and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

American King James Version
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

American Standard Version
And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.

Darby Bible Translation
And having dismissed the crowds, he went up into the mountain apart to pray. And when even was come, he was alone there,

English Revised Version
And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he ascended a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Weymouth New Testament
When He had done this, He climbed the hill to pray in solitude. Night came on, and he was there alone.

World English Bible
After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.

Young's Literal Translation
and having let away the multitudes, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray, and evening having come, he was there alone,
Study Bible
Jesus Walks on Water
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23After He had sent them away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, 24but the boat was already far from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.…
Cross References
Mark 1:35
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray.

Mark 6:46
After bidding them farewell, He went up on the mountain to pray.

Luke 3:21
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened,

Luke 5:16
Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.

Luke 6:12
In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:18
One day as Jesus was praying in private and the disciples were with Him, He questioned them: "Who do the people say I am?"

Luke 9:28
About eight days after Jesus had said these things, He took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray.

John 6:15
Realizing they were about to come and make Him king by force, Jesus withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

he went.

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have …

Matthew 26:36 Then comes Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said …

Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain …

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry …

he was.

John 6:15-17 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him …

Verse 23. - And when he had sent the multitudes away. Matthew speaks merely of the dismissal as such (ἀπολύσας τοὺς ὄχλους); Mark refers to his parting words (ἀποταξάμενος αὐτοῖς, i.e. probably to the multitude). He went up into a mountain - the mountain (Revised Version); Matthew 5:1, note - apart. Κατ ἰδίαν is to be joined with the preceding, and not to the following words (cf. ver. 13; Matthew 17:19). And when the evening was come (ver. 15, note), he was there alone. For some eight hours, if it was spring or autumn (ver. 25). And when he had sent the multitudes away,.... Had ordered them at least to go away; for, it seems, according to John 6:22 that they did not in general disperse: there was a large body of them that continued upon the spot all night, expecting his return; in which being disappointed, they took shipping, and came to Capernaum.

He went up into a mountain apart to pray; perhaps the same he went up to before, and from whence he came down, John 6:3. This he chose as a proper place for prayer, where he could be retired, and alone, have his thoughts free, and, as man, pour out his soul to his Father, on his own account, and on the behalf of others; and particularly, he might be concerned about this notion of a temporal kingdom, that his disciples and others were so fond of; and pray that his disciples might be convinced of their mistake, and that the people might be hindered from prosecuting their designs. His going up into a mountain and praying there, were quite contrary to the canons of the Jews; which forbid praying in places ever so little raised.

"Let not a man stand (say they (m)) , "in an high place", and pray, but in a low place and pray; as it is said, "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord", Psalm 130:1. It is a tradition, that a man may not stand, neither upon a throne, nor upon a footstool, nor in any high place and pray, because there are no high places before God.''

This rule is delivered by Maimonides (n), in this form:

"A man may not stand in a place that is three hands high, or more, and pray, neither upon a bed, nor upon a seat, nor upon a throne.''

But Christ did not look upon himself obliged, by these traditions of the elders; but chose such places, whether high or low, which were most private and retired.

And when evening was come; when it was now dark, John 6:17 when the second evening was come and ended; see Matthew 14:15 and it was properly night,

he was there alone; in the mountain, where he continued the greatest part of the night, even until the fourth watch.

(m) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 10. 2. Piske Tosaph. in ib. art. 52, T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 4. 4. Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora precept. Affirm. 19. Midrash Kohelet, fol. 70. 3.((n) Hilch. Tephillah. c. 5. sect. 7. 14:22-33 Those are not Christ's followers who cannot enjoy being alone with God and their own hearts. It is good, upon special occasions, and when we find our hearts enlarged, to continue long in secret prayer, and in pouring out our hearts before the Lord. It is no new thing for Christ's disciples to meet with storms in the way of duty, but he thereby shows himself with the more grace to them and for them. He can take what way he pleases to save his people. But even appearances of deliverance sometimes occasion trouble and perplexity to God's people, from mistakes about Christ. Nothing ought to affright those that have Christ near them, and know he is theirs; not death itself. Peter walked upon the water, not for diversion or to boast of it, but to go to Jesus; and in that he was thus wonderfully borne up. Special supports are promised, and are to be expected, but only in spiritual pursuits; nor can we ever come to Jesus, unless we are upheld by his power. Christ bade Peter come, not only that he might walk upon the water, and so know his Lord's power, but that he might know his own weakness. And the Lord often lets his servants have their choice, to humble and prove them, and to show the greatness of his power and grace. When we look off from Christ, and look at the greatness of opposing difficulties, we shall begin to fall; but when we call to him, he will stretch out his arm, and save us. Christ is the great Saviour; those who would be saved, must come to him, and cry to him, for salvation; we are never brought to this, till we find ourselves sinking: the sense of need drives us to him. He rebuked Peter. Could we but believe more, we should suffer less. The weakness of faith, and the prevailing of our doubts, displease our Lord Jesus, for there is no good reason why Christ's disciples should be of a doubtful mind. Even in a stormy day he is to them a very present help. None but the world's Creator could multiply the loaves, none but its Governor could tread upon the waters of the sea: the disciples yield to the evidence, and confess their faith. They were suitably affected, and worshipped Christ. He that comes to God, must believe; and he that believes in God, will come, Heb 11:6.
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