Matthew 28:2

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for the Angel of the Lord descended from heauen, and came and rolled backe the stone from the doore, and sate vpon it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there was a great earth-shock; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, rolling back the stone, took his seat on it.
- Basic English Bible

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of [the] Lord, descending out of heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
- Darby Bible

And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
- Webster's Bible

But to their amazement there had been a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord had descended from Heaven, and had come and rolled back the stone, and was sitting upon it.
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it.
- World English Bible

And lo! ther was maad a greet ertheschakyng; for the aungel of the Lord cam doun fro heuene, and neiyede, and turnede awei the stoon, and sat theron.
- Wycliffe Bible

and lo, there came a great earthquake, for a messenger of the Lord, having come down out of heaven, having come, did roll away the stone from the door, and was sitting upon it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 28:2


28:2 An angel of the Lord had rolled away the stone and sat upon it - St. Luke and St. John speak of two angels that appeared: but it seems as if only one of them had appeared sitting on the stone without the sepulchre, and then going into it, was seen with another angel, sitting, one where the head, the other where the feet of the body had lain.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 28:2


Mt 28:2 Behold, there was a great earthquake. The Greek word "seismos", rendered "earthquake", is rendered "tempest" in Mt 8:24. It means a "commotion". It is not needful to decide that there was more than a local disturbance. For the angel of the Lord descended. An angel. There is no article. All the gospels speak of the angelic appearance at the tomb, though some give details omitted by others. Rolled back the stone. The commotion, or earthquake, accompanied the rolling back of the stone. Alford says: ``It was not for him to whom (Joh 20:19,20) the stone was no hindrance, but for the women and disciples that it was rolled away.''

Discussion for Matthew 28:2

  • Willie g, Miller for verse 2
    By faith I beleive every word of God is right,in spite of differance commentry. My salvation depend upon faith,and a personal exprience in God.

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