New American Standard Bible
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
King James Bible
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Darby Bible Translation
And the disciples, seeing him walking on the sea, were troubled, saying, It is an apparition. And they cried out through fear.
World English Bible
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It's a ghost!" and they cried out for fear.
Young's Literal Translation
and the disciples having seen him walking upon the sea, were troubled saying -- 'It is an apparition,' and from the fear they cried out;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They were troubled - They were afraid. The sight was remarkable. It was sufficient to awe them. In the dark night, amid the tumultuous billows appeared the form of a man. They thought it was a spirit an apparition. It was a common belief among the ancients that the spirits of people after death frequently appeared to the living.
LibraryPeter on the Waves
'And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.'--MATT. xiv. 28. We owe this account of an episode in the miracle of Christ's walking on the waters to Matthew alone. Singularly enough there is no reference to Peter's venturesomeness and failure in the Gospel which is generally believed to have been written under his special inspection and suggestion. Mark passes by that part of the narrative without a word. That may be because Peter was somewhat ashamed …
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and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.
But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.
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