Matthew 14:23

“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went vp into a mountaine apart to pray: and when the euening was come, he was there alone:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And after he had sent the people away, he went up into the mountain by himself for prayer: and when evening was come, he was there by himself.
- Basic English Bible

And having dismissed the crowds, he went up into the mountain apart to pray. And when even was come, he was alone there,
- Darby Bible

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he ascended a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
- Webster's Bible

When He had done this, He climbed the hill to pray in solitude. Night came on, and he was there alone.
- Weymouth Bible

After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.
- World English Bible

And whanne the puple was left, he stiede aloone in to an hil for to preie. But whanne the euenyng was come, he was there aloone.
- Wycliffe Bible

and having let away the multitudes, he went up to the mountain by himself to pray, and evening having come, he was there alone,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 14:23


Mt 14:23 When he had sent the multitudes away. They were in an excited condition; hence, great prudence, perhaps an exercise of some constraining power, was necessary. He went up into a mountain apart to pray. The refuge of Christ in every great crisis was lonely prayer.

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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