Matthew 17:6
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New International Version
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.

New Living Translation
The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

English Standard Version
When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.

New American Standard Bible
When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.

King James Bible
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.

International Standard Version
When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.

NET Bible
When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when the disciples heard, they fell on their faces, and they were very afraid.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples were terrified when they heard this and fell facedown on the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and feared greatly.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were much afraid.

American King James Version
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

American Standard Version
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid.

Darby Bible Translation
And the disciples hearing [it] fell upon their faces, and were greatly terrified.

English Revised Version
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were in great fear.

Weymouth New Testament
On hearing this voice, the disciples fell on their faces and were filled with terror.

World English Bible
When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.

Young's Literal Translation
And the disciples having heard, did fall upon their face, and were exceedingly afraid,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-13 Now the disciples beheld somewhat of Christ's glory, as of the only begotten of the Father. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him. The apostles were overcome by the glorious sight. Peter thought that it was most desirable to continue there, and to go no more down to meet the sufferings of which he was so unwilling to hear. In this he knew not what he said. We are wrong, if we look for a heaven here upon earth. Whatever tabernacles we propose to make for ourselves in this world, we must always remember to ask Christ's leave. That sacrifice was not yet offered, without which the souls of sinful men could not have been saved; and important services were to be done by Peter and his brethren. While Peter spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, an emblem of the Divine presence and glory. Ever since man sinned, and heard God's voice in the garden, unusual appearances of God have been terrible to man. They fell prostrate to the earth, till Jesus encouraged them; when looking round, they beheld only their Lord as they commonly saw him. We must pass through varied experiences in our way to glory; and when we return to the world after an ordinance, it must be our care to take Christ with us, and then it may be our comfort that he is with us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Were sore afraid. The vision and the voice overcame them with awe and terror. They fell on their face. They tried to shut out the awful radiance that blinded them. Man's weakness could endure no more; prostrate, paralyzed with fear, they lay on the ground. Who could see God, and live? Had they not seen his glory, and heard his voice? What could they do but crouch in abject terror? Thus they knew not that the scene was over, that the tremendous glimpse of unseen realities vouchsafed to them had passed away.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when the disciples heard it,.... The voice out of the cloud, and which they apprehended came from God, and was uttered with so much majesty:

they fell on their face: not so much out of reverence, or for the sake of adoration, but as persons struck with astonishment and fear, and were as half dead; and so fell with their faces fiat to the ground, not being able to stand before God, to behold his majesty, and hear his voice:

and were sore afraid: they were filled with fear, when, awaking out of their sleep, they saw the surprising glory of Christ, and of the two men that were with him, insomuch that they knew not what to think, or say; and so they were when they entered into the cloud, and still more upon hearing the voice of God himself, even though it was a voice of love, grace, and mercy; see Deuteronomy 5:24. But yet they were not struck with so much amazement and surprise, as not to know what was said; for they distinctly heard the words, rightly understood, and faithfully related them; from whom the evangelists had them, and which Peter perfectly remembered, and recorded many years after.



Matthew 17:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Transfiguration
5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" 6When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and do not be afraid."…
Cross References
Judges 13:20
As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground.

Matthew 17:5
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

Matthew 17:7
But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid."
Treasury of Scripture

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed on the …

Judges 13:20,22 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar…

1 Chronicles 21:16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand …

Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory …

Ezekiel 43:3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, …

Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and …

Daniel 10:7-9 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me …

Daniel 10:16,17 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my …

Acts 22:7 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, …

Acts 26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking …

2 Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with …

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