Matthew 17:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown in terror.

Berean Literal Bible
And the disciples having heard it, fell upon their face and were greatly 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid they fell flat on the ground.

Good News Translation
When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground.

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
And when the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were much afraid.

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,
Study Bible
The Transfiguration
5While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown in terror. 7Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.”…
Cross References
Judges 13:20
When the flame went up from the altar to the sky, the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell facedown to the ground.

Matthew 17:5
While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!"

Matthew 17:7
Then Jesus came over and touched them. "Get up," He said. "Do not 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 upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Judges 13:20,22
For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground…

1 Chronicles 21:16
And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.







Lexicon
When
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

heard [this],
ἀκούσαντες (akousantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

they fell
ἔπεσαν (epesan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4098: A reduplicated and contracted form of peto; probably akin to petomai through the idea of alighting; to fall.

facedown
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

in terror.
ἐφοβήθησαν (ephobēthēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.
(6) When the disciples heard it.--At this point St. Matthew's narrative is the fullest. The three disciples shrink in fear, like that of the Israelites at the brightness of Moses' face (Exodus 34:30), like that of the priests in the Temple who could not stand to minister because of the cloud (1Kings 8:11), and lie prostrate on the ground in speechless terror. They have seen the glory of the Lord: can they hear His voice and live?

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. 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.
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