Matthew 14:25
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New International Version
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

New Living Translation
About three o'clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.

English Standard Version
And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

New American Standard Bible
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

King James Bible
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea.

International Standard Version
Shortly before dawn, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

NET Bible
As the night was ending, Jesus came to them walking on the sea.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in the fourth watch of the night, Yeshua came unto them while he was walking on the water.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Between three and six o'clock in the morning, he came to them. He was walking on the sea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking upon the sea.

King James 2000 Bible
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

American King James Version
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

American Standard Version
And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
But in the fourth watch of the night he went off to them, walking on the sea.

English Revised Version
And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

Weymouth New Testament
But towards daybreak He went to them, walking over the waves.

World English Bible
In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

Young's Literal Translation
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went away to them, walking upon the sea,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - And in the fourth watch of the night. Therefore some nine hours after sunset (ver. 23, note). They had been battling for hours, and had only gone about three miles and a half (John 6:19). Jesus went; came (Revised Version); η΅λθε, not ἀπῆλθε, with Received Text. Unto them, walking on the sea (ἐπὶ τὴν θάλθασσαν); contrast ver. 26 (ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης). Here there is more thought of motion (cf. ver. 29), but in the next verse the advance is almost forgotten, and the fact of Christ being on the water is all-important; "they saw him on the sea, walking."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And in the fourth watch of the night,.... This is said, according to the division of the night into four watches, by the Jews; who (o) say, that

"there are four watches in the night, and four watches in the day.''

It is true indeed, that it is disputed among them, whether there were four watches, or only three in the night: some say there were four, others say there were but three (p); not but that these made a division of the night into four parts, the three first of which, they thought were properly the watches of the night, and the fourth was the morning. The first watch began at six o'clock in the evening, and lasted till nine; the second began at nine, and ended at twelve, which was midnight; the third began at twelve, and closed at three; the fourth began at three, and ended at six in the morning. But since some (q) Jewish writers are so positive for the division of the night into three watches only, and a watch is with them called (r) the third part of the night; and it is dubious with some, whether the Jewish division is here referred to; and since it is so clear a point, that the Romans (s) divided their night into four watches, and their writers speak not only of the first, second, and third watches, but also of the fourth watch (t); it is thought by some, that the evangelist speaks after the Roman manner: but however, certain it is, that within this period, probably at the beginning of it, after three o'clock in the morning, Christ came to his disciples, when they had been almost all the night at sea, tossed with waves, and in great danger.

Jesus went unto them; from the mountain where he had been praying, the greatest part of the night, to the sea side, and so upon the waters to them; for it follows,

walking upon the sea; as on dry land: though it was so stormy and boisterous, that the disciples, though in a ship, were in the utmost danger, yet he upon the waves, was in none at all; by which action he showed himself to be the Lord of the sea, and to be truly and properly God; whose character is, that he "treadeth upon the waves of the sea", Job 9:8.

(o) T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 2. 4. Echa Rabbati, fol. 54. 4. (p) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 3. 1, 2.((q) Jaschi & Kimchi in Jude 7.19. & in Psal. cxix. 147. (r) Gloss. in T. Bab. Betacot, fol. 2. 1. (s) Alex. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. 1. 4. c. 20. (t) Liv. Hist. 1. 36, c. 24.



Matthew 14:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Walks on Water
24But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. 26When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:43
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

Mark 13:35
"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
Treasury of Scripture

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

the fourth watch. The Jews at this time divided the night into four watches; the first was from six o'clock in the evening till nine, the second from nine to twelve, the third from twelve till three, and the fourth from three till six; so that it probably began to be daylight before our Lord came to his disciples.

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the manager of the house had known in what …

Luke 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, …

walking. This suspension of the laws of gravitation was a proper manifestation of omnipotence.

Job 9:8 Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.

Psalm 93:3,4 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their …

Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds …

Mark 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary to them: …

John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, …

Revelation 10:2,5,8 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

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