Matthew 14:22

“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And straightway Iesus constrained his Disciples to get into a ship, and to goe before him vnto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And straight away he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, till he had sent the people away.
- Basic English Bible

And immediately he compelled the disciples to go on board ship, and to go on before him to the other side, until he should have dismissed the crowds.
- Darby Bible

And immediately Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a boat, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
- Webster's Bible

Immediately afterwards He made the disciples go on board the boat and cross to the opposite shore, leaving Him to dismiss the people.
- Weymouth Bible

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
- World English Bible

And anoon Jhesus compellide the disciplis to go vp in to a boot, and go bifor hym ouer the see, while he lefte the puple.
- Wycliffe Bible

And immediately Jesus constrained his disciples to go into the boat, and to go before him to the other side, till he might let away the multitudes;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 14:22


14:22 He constrained his disciples - Who were unwilling to leave him. #Mark 6:45|; John 6:15.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 14:22


Mt 14:22 Straightway. After satisfying to the full the wants of the multitude. Compare Mr 6:45-56 Joh 6:15-21. Jesus constrained his disciples. They were loath to go without their Master. Yet he wished to be alone. He had come to the "desert place" for retirement; the multitude followed, and sought after the miracle to proclaim him King. His disciples probably sympathized. Hence he sent them, too, away, and stayed to pray and reflect alone. To go before him unto the other side. John says, toward Capernaum (Joh 6:17).

Discussion for Matthew 14

  • Andy
    Jesus was showing the disciples that he indeed was God in the flesh as He walked on the water.
    It did not really matter what time of day or night it was, seeing someone walking on the water was something the disciples thought impossible, Jesus did the impossible. His walking on the water was to build faith, that he could also do the impossible and free us from the sin that seperates us from God.
  • Insight 777
    V.24 the ship may be Christianity that is tossed in the tempest of the sea (people that do not agree with the doctrine of Jesus) Jesus walked in the Grace of God upon the sea in peace and love. The Disciples feared that the spirit of grace was not enough to save them. Peter feared the army of opposition even though he had understanding and compassion. Replace doubt with a strong trust in God.
  • Eric
    To Joni G's comment. Matthew Chapter 14: Even in the brightness of day, storm clouds or even just dark clouds can darken a sky. Along with that, the wind on the sea can cause an added difficulty in seeing clearly. It is good to question things but in the end, do not doubt that the Lord our God has given his word freely to man to know Him His Son The Holy Spirit. God Bless you.
  • Joni G
    L Prince, my concordance of my Bible has the watches of the Jews in 8 equal parts of 3 hours each. My Bible 's concordance doesn 't give a timeline but the fourth watch is somewhere between 3am to sunrise. The Jews 1st four watches began at sunset and then the 4th watch ended at sunrise. The second 4 watches began at sunrise, so it couldn 't have been the 4th watch of the second set because that was 3pm to sunset and the disciples could have clearly seen him and wouldn 't have thought Jesus was a ghost.
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson
    Part 2 of 2: Webster Dictionary states Nautical any of the periods of duty five of four hours, and two of two hours into which the day is divided on shipboard, so that the work is shared among alternating shifts of the crew, by the part of the crew on duty during any such period. I hope that the information from Smith and Webster 's dictionary helps with your answer.
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson
    Part 1 of 2: Hello I. Prince: Watches of night: The Jews, like the Greeks and Romans, divided the night into military watches instead of hours, each watch representing the period for which sentinels or pickets remained on duty. The proper Jewish reckoning recognized only three such watches, entitled the first or "beginning of the watches, " Lamentations 2: 19 the middle watch, Judges 7: 9 and the morning watch. Exodus 14: 24 1 Samuel 11: 11 These would last respectively from sunset to 10 P.M. from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. and from 2 A.M. to sunrise. After the establishment of the Roman supremacy, the number of watches was increased to four, which were described either according to their numerical order, as in the case of the "fourth watch, " Matthew 13: 25 or by the terms "even, " "midnight, " "cock-crowing " and "morning. " Mark 13: 35. These terminated respectively at 9 P.M., midnight, 3 A.M. and 6 A.M. Smith Dictionary .

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