New International Version
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
King James Bible
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Darby Bible Translation
But they, being confounded and being frightened, supposed they beheld a spirit.
World English Bible
But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
and being amazed, and becoming affrighted, they were thinking themselves to see a spirit.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And supposed that they had seen a spirit - But if there be no such thing as a disembodied spirit, would not our Lord have shown them their error? Instead of this, he confirms them in their opinion, by saying, A spirit hath not flesh and bones as you see me have, Luke 24:39; therefore he says, handle me and see me. They probably imagined that it was the soul only of our blessed Lord which they saw; but they were soon fully convinced of the identity of his person, and the reality of his resurrection; for,
1. They saw his body.
2. They heard him speak.
3. They handled him.
4. They saw him eat a piece of broiled fish and honeycomb, which they gave him.
In these things it was impossible for them to have been deceived.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley, 1856. St. Luke xxiv. 5, 6. "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen." This is a very solemn day; for on this day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. The question for us is, how ought we to keep it? that is, what sort of thoughts ought to be in our minds upon this day? Now, many most excellent and pious persons, and most pious books, seem to think that we ought to-day to think as much as possible of the sufferings of our Blessed Lord; and because we …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
September 18 Morning
The Living Dead
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out,
He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
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