Matthew 14:31
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New International Version
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

New Living Translation
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. "You have so little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?"

English Standard Version
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

New American Standard Bible
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

King James Bible
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

International Standard Version
At once Jesus reached out his hand, caught him, and asked him, "You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?"

NET Bible
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And immediately our Lord stretched out his hand and he held him and said to him, “Oh small of faith! Why did you doubt?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Immediately, Jesus reached out, caught hold of him, and said, "You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him and said unto him, O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

American King James Version
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

American Standard Version
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?

Darby Bible Translation
And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught hold of him, and says to him, O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?

English Revised Version
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little faith, Why didst thou doubt?

Weymouth New Testament
Instantly Jesus stretched out His hand and caught hold of him, saying to him, "O little faith, why did you doubt?"

World English Bible
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Young's Literal Translation
And immediately Jesus, having stretched forth the hand, laid hold of him, and saith to him, 'Little faith! for what didst thou waver?'
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 31. - And immediately. Without any waste of time, just as in ver. 27. Jesus stretched forth his hand. So that St. Peter had come up to him (ver. 29). And caught him; and took hold of him (Revised Version, ἐπελάβετο αὐτοῦ: cf. Hebrews 2:16; Hebrews 8:9). And said; saith (Revised Version). The writer passes to more vivid narration. Unto him, O thou of little faith (o)ligo/piste); Matthew 6:30, note. But in Matthew 17:20 (Westcott and Hort) the substantive is used of faith in a more active sense. Wherefore (εἰς τί); "למה, literally rendered" (Dr. Guillemard). Didst thou doubt? (ἐδίστασας). In the New Testament, Matthew 28:17 only. Christ saves first, and rebukes afterwards. Perhaps the need for help was more immediate than in ch. 8:26, or possibly the fervency of St. Peter's love deserved gentler treatment.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand,.... The Syriac reads it, "and in that very moment"; for his case requires immediate assistance, and Christ readily gave it; he reached out his hand at once, being just by him,

and caught him; as he was sinking to the bottom, and lifted him up, and set him on his feet upon the water, and enabled him to walk with him to the ship; but not without reproving him for the weakness of his faith,

and said unto him, O thou of little faith: he does not say, O thou unbeliever! or, O thou who hast no faith! for some faith he had, though but small; of this phrase; see Gill on Matthew 6:30.

Wherefore didst thou doubt? waver, fluctuate, or wast divided between faith and fear. He was worthy of reproof, since he had had the order of Christ to come to him upon the water; and an experience of his power in supporting him thus far; and was now so near unto him, that he had no room to doubt, whether it was he or not, nor of his power to preserve him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?—(Also see on [1307]Mr 6:50.)

Matthew 14:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Walks on Water
30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:30
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith?

Matthew 8:26
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Matthew 14:30
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

Matthew 14:32
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Matthew 16:8
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

Mark 4:40
He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
Treasury of Scripture

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

stretched.

Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you will revive me: you shall …

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing …

Mark 1:31,41 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately …

Mark 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said to her, Talitha cumi; …

Acts 4:30 By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders …

and caught.

Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is …

Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, …

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before …

Luke 22:31,32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have …

Luke 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

O thou.

Matthew 8:26 And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? …

Matthew 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, …

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say …

Mark 11:23 For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, …

Romans 4:18-20 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is …

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