Matthew 14:26

“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when the Disciples saw him walking on the Sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit: and they cried out for feare.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost! And they cried out in fear."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they gave cries of fear.
- Basic English Bible

And the disciples, seeing him walking on the sea, were troubled, saying, It is an apparition. And they cried out through fear.
- Darby 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.
- Webster's Bible

When the disciples saw Him walking on the waves, they were greatly alarmed. "It is a spirit," they exclaimed, and they cried out with terror.
- Weymouth Bible

When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It's a ghost!" and they cried out for fear.
- World English Bible

And thei, seynge hym walking on the see, weren disturblid, and seiden, That it is a fantum; and for drede thei crieden.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the disciples having seen him walking upon the sea, were troubled saying -- `It is an apparition,' and from the fear they cried out;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 14:26


Mt 14:26 A spirit. An apparition, an unreal appearance of a real person. The Greek word "phantasma" is not that unusually rendered "spirit". He would appear to them at first like a dark, moving speck upon the waters, then as a human figure; but in the dark, tempestuous sky, and not dreaming that it could be their Lord, they take it for a spirit, "pneuma" (Lu 24:37). Cried out. In fright.

Discussion for Matthew 14

  • John B.
    Poor John, one shouldn't redress kings. Especially over their love affairs. But God will judge the kings of this earth, for they are but men and in God's eyes lower than the mendicant begging for bread for hunger. Jesus was in the Glory of the Father as he prayed alone atop of the mountain. He beckons Peter, "come" and saves him as he falters. Her daughter dances seductively before the Kng


  • Bruce
    Jesus asked, but whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, that art the Christ,The Son of The living God. and Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood have not revealed it onto thee but My Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:15-17
  • A disciple
    Many follow the Lord Jesus for many reasons. Many of those same "followers" have almost as many ideas, who Jesus the Son of man is. But whom do you say that He is? Those same "many" were the ones whom the Lord said, "but to THEM it is not given (to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven)." Why? Why to some, and not to all? Because they do not convert! Their heart is calloused not to perceive.
  • Evangelist,Donnie,w,Gray
    Jesus is God, Proof: 1 Tim.3:16, God was manifested in the flesh.........Always use the word of God (the Bible) and you will always give the right answer. Please re.ark,God Bless you.
  • Stephende
    It raises the question between doubt and faith. But do you have faith in God, whom you haven't seen? You have faith in Jesus, who hasn't been seen for 2017 years! Jesus was sent by God. Listen, his doctrine wasn't his own but the Father who sent him. That is why God granted him Power to overcome sin. To overcome gravity. To overcome fear and doubt. Jesus was always praying to God
  • Caribella tyson
    We must keep our eyes on Jesus, when we take our eyes off him,we will begin to fall.

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