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

New Living Translation
Then the angel spoke to the women. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

English Standard Version
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

New American Standard Bible
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.

King James Bible
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the angel told the women, "Don't be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

International Standard Version
Responding to the women, the angel said, "Stop being frightened! I know you're looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

NET Bible
But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the Angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are seeking Yeshua, who was crucified.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The angel said to the women, "Don't be afraid! I know you're looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye, for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified.

King James 2000 Bible
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not: for I know that you seek Jesus, who was crucified.

American King James Version
And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified.

American Standard Version
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

Darby Bible Translation
And the angel answering said to the women, Fear not *ye*, for I know that ye seek Jesus the crucified one.

English Revised Version
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which hath been crucified.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear ye not: for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified.

Weymouth New Testament
But the angel said to the women, "As for you, dismiss your fears. I know that it is Jesus that you are looking for--the crucified One.

World English Bible
The angel answered the women, "Don't be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.

Young's Literal Translation
And the messenger answering said to the women, 'Fear not ye, for I have known that Jesus, who hath been crucified, ye seek;
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 5. - The angel answered and said. The women arrived probably while the guards were lying unconscious on the ground. They saw them, and they saw the angel rotting on the stone, or, according to St. Mark, "a young man sitting on the right side, arrayed in a white robe;" St. Luke says that "two men stood by them in dazzling apparel," i.e. first one had shown himself, and then another. Doubtless innumerable angels were thronging around, and one or more became visible to certain persons as they were capable of receiving spiritual impressions, or as these spirits were directed to show themselves. The women spake not, were too affrighted to ask questions; but their amazed look, their blank surprise, were themselves interrogative, and the angel replied to their inward emotion. Fear not ye (ὑμεῖς, emphatic). The soldiers have cause to fear; they are the enemies of the Lord; but ye are his friends, and need feel no alarm. Ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. Ye are seeking him, to do honour to his body; I know your pious intention, but it is useless. The angel shrinks not from the mention of Christ's shameful death, which is now his glory, "the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:23, 24). "It was the good pleasure of the Father . .. through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross... whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens" (Colossians 1:19, 20). The crucifixion "was not simply a temporary incident in the life of Christ. It is an eternal principle in his kingdom" (Milligan).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the angel answered and said unto the women,.... Who being come up, were also affrighted at the sight of the angel. The Arabic version leaves out the first part, "and the angel answered": which is a Jewish way of speaking, when nothing goes before, to which it is a reply; and renders the other part thus, "and said to the two women": but from the other evangelists it appears, that there were more women than two; see Mark 16:1,

fear not ye; some put an emphasis upon the word "ye", as if used in opposition to the keepers, who had reason to be afraid, but not these good women. It was very common with gracious persons to be filled with fear at the sight of an angel, as Zacharias, and the shepherds; but without reason; they are their friends, their fellow servants, and ministering spirits to them. The Persic version adds, "but come near before, for ye are his familiars": the reason alleged, by the angel, why they had no reason to fear, is,

for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified: the knowledge which angels have of saints is very considerable, and which arises from their frequent embassies to them, care and guardianship of them, the good offices they perform, and their several ministrations to them; and the knowledge which the angel had of these good women, might not be from immediate revelation, but from the observations he had made of them: they had followed Jesus from Galilee, they had attended him all the while he was on the cross, and were now come to his grave to anoint him; and from their words and gestures, the angel might know that they were the disciples of Christ, and now sought him; and therefore had no reason to fear, as those who were his adversaries: and indeed, such as seek a crucified Christ, and life and salvation by him, have no reason to be afraid of any thing; not of sin, and its damning power, since Christ saves, his blood cleanses, and his righteousness justifies from all sin; nor of the law, its menaces, curses, and condemnation, for Christ has redeemed them from it; nor of Satan, and his principalities and powers, who are spoiled by Christ, and out of whose hands he has ransomed his people; nor of the world, since Christ has overcome it, and delivered his people from it; nor of death, whose sting is taken away, and that abolished as a penal evil; nor of hell, and wrath to come, from which he has saved them; and much less of good angels, who are kindly disposed to them: and such are they that seek a crucified Christ, whom Christ has first sought, and looked up, and found in redemption and the effectual calling; who are made sensible of their lost and dangerous state by nature, to whom Christ has been manifested; and who see both their need of him, and his worth and value: these seek to him in the first place, and with all their hearts, for cleansing, pardon, righteousness, rest, food, salvation, and eternal life: they seek for him where he is, and is revealed, in the Scriptures, in the Gospel, in the ordinances, and at the Father's right hand.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye—The "ye" here is emphatic, to contrast their case with that of the guards. "Let those puny creatures, sent to keep the Living One among the dead, for fear of Me shake and become as dead men (Mt 28:4); but ye that have come hither on another errand, fear not ye."

for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified—Jesus the Crucified.

Matthew 28:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Resurrection
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. 6"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.…
Cross References
Matthew 14:27
But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

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

Matthew 28:10
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Revelation 1:17
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
Treasury of Scripture

And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified.

Fear.

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Mark 16:6 And he said to them, Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, …

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