Matthew 28:4
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New International Version
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

New Living Translation
The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

English Standard Version
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

New American Standard Bible
The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

King James Bible
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

International Standard Version
Trembling from fear, even the guards themselves became catatonic.

NET Bible
The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from dread of him, those who were keeping watch were shaken, and they became like dead men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The guards were so deathly afraid of him that they shook.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and for fear of him the guards shook and became as dead men.

King James 2000 Bible
And for fear of him the guards did shake, and became as dead men.

American King James Version
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

American Standard Version
and for fear of him the watchers did quake, and became as dead men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.

Darby Bible Translation
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became as dead men.

English Revised Version
and for fear of him the watchers did quake, and became as dead men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And for fear of him the keepers trembled and became as dead men.

Weymouth New Testament
For fear of him the guards trembled violently, and became like dead men.

World English Bible
For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.

Young's Literal Translation
and from the fear of him did the keepers shake, and they became as dead men.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:1-8 Christ rose the third day after his death; that was the time he had often spoken of. On the first day of the first week God commanded the light to shine out of darkness. On this day did He who is the Light of the world, shine out of the darkness of the grave; and this day is from henceforward often mentioned in the New Testament, as the day which Christians religiously observed in solemn assemblies, to the honour of Christ. Our Lord Jesus could have rolled back the stone by his own power, but he chose to have it done by an angel. The resurrection of Christ, as it is the joy of his friends, so it is the terror and confusion of his enemies. The angel encouraged the women against their fears. Let the sinners in Zion be afraid. Fear not ye, for his resurrection will be your consolation. Our communion with him must be spiritual, by faith in his word. When we are ready to make this world our home, and to say, It is good to be here, then let us remember our Lord Jesus is not here, he is risen; therefore let our hearts rise, and seek the things that are above. He is risen, as he said. Let us never think that strange which the word of Christ has told us to expect; whether the sufferings of this present time, or the glory that is to be revealed. It may have a good effect upon us, by faith to view the place where the Lord lay. Go quickly. It was good to be there, but the servants of God have other work appointed. Public usefulness must be chosen before the pleasure of secret communion with God. Tell the disciples, that they may be comforted under their present sorrows. Christ knows where his disciples dwell, and will visit them. Even to those at a distance from the plenty of the means of grace, he will graciously manifest himself. The fear and the joy together quickened their pace. The disciples of Christ should be forward to make known to each other their experiences of communion with their Lord; and should tell others what God has done for their souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And for fear of him; but from the fear of him. From the fear inspired by this awful angel. It would seem, from this expression, that the soldiers were sensible, not only of the earthquake and the movement of the stone, but also of the presence of the heavenly messenger, in this respect differing from the companions of Daniel and St. Paul, who were only partially conscious of the visions beheld by the two saints (see Daniel 10:7; Acts 22:9). Did shake. The verb is cognate with the noun "earthquake;" they were shaken, convulsed with terror. If these were some of the company that had watched the Crucifixion, they were already possessed of some feeling respecting the unearthly nature of the Occupant of the tomb which they were guarding, and had a vague expectation of something that might happen. At any rate, they must have heard the late events discussed by their comrades, and were not without apprehension of a catastrophe. Became as dead men. They fell to the ground in deathlike faintness, and, when they recovered from the trance, fled in terror from the tomb into the city (ver. 11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And for fear of him the keepers did shake,.... Though they were soldiers, Roman soldiers and veterans, who had been used to terrible sights in the field of battle; were men of courage, and fearless of danger; and yet were seized with a panic, and every limb of them shook and trembled at the sight of the angel, for fear he was come as an executioner of divine vengeance upon them; who had been concerned in the crucifixion of Christ, had watched him as he hung upon the cross, and now his body in the sepulchre: and even supposing no consciousness of guilt in them, or dread of punishment from him; yet such was the glory and majesty in which he appeared, of which they had never seen the like before, that it had this effect upon them:

and became as dead men: they turned pale, as dead men, and had scarce any life, or spirit, left in them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men—Is the sepulchre "sure" now, O ye chief priests? He that sitteth in the heavens doth laugh at you.

Matthew 28:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Resurrection
3And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.…
Cross References
Matthew 28:3
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

Matthew 28:5
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
Treasury of Scripture

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Matthew 28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the …

Matthew 27:65,66 Pilate said to them, You have a watch: go your way, make it as sure …

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Job 4:14 Fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

Psalm 48:6 Fear took hold on them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

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

Acts 9:3-7 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined …

Acts 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and …

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …

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