Jesus walks on water (Jn 6:19-6:19)

“The disciples

Had rowed

About twenty-five

Or thirty stadia,

About three

Or four miles.

Then they saw

Jesus

Walking on the sea.

He was coming

Near the boat.

They were terrified.”

ἐληλακότες οὖν ὡς σταδίους εἴκοσι πέντε ἢ τριάκοντα θεωροῦσιν τὸν Ἰησοῦν περιπατοῦντα ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης καὶ ἐγγὺς τοῦ πλοίου γινόμενον, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν.  

John said that the disciples had rowed (ἐληλακότες) about twenty-five (εἴκοσι πέντε), or thirty (ἢ τριάκοντα) stadia (οὖν ὡς σταδίους), about three or four miles.  Stadia were about 1/8 of a mile, based on the race tracks in the Roman arenas.  Then, they saw (θεωροῦσιν) Jesus (τὸν Ἰησοῦν) walking (περιπατοῦντα) on the sea (ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης).  He was coming (γινόμενον) near the boat (καὶ ἐγγὺς τοῦ πλοίου).  They were terrified, afraid, or frightened (καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν).  Mark, chapter 6:48-49, said that early in the morning, or the 4th watch of the night (περὶ τετάρτην φυλακὴν τῆς νυκτὸς), Jesus came walking towards them on the sea (ἔρχεται πρὸς αὐτοὺς περιπατῶν ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης).  He intended to pass them by (καὶ ἤθελεν παρελθεῖν αὐτούς).  Mark said that when the disciples saw him walking on the sea (οἱ δὲ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης περιπατοῦντα), they thought Jesus was a ghost or an apparition (ἔδοξαν ὅτι φάντασμά ἐστιν).  They cried or shouted out (καὶ ἀνέκραξαν).  They all saw him (πάντες γὰρ αὐτὸν εἶδαν) and were terrified (καὶ ἐταράχθησαν).  Matthew, chapter 14:24-25, also said that early in the morning or the 4th watch of the night (τετάρτῃ δὲ φυλακῇ τῆς νυκτὸς), Jesus came walking towards them on the sea (ἦλθεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς περιπατῶν ἐπὶ τὴν θάλασσαν).  When the disciples saw him walking on the sea (οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης περιπατοῦντα), they were terrified, troubled, or disturbed (ἐταράχθησαν).  They said that it was a ghost or an apparition (λέγοντες ὅτι Φάντασμά ἐστιν).  They cried out in fear (καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ φόβου ἔκραξαν).  There was no indication in any of these stories why Jesus was walking on the water, perhaps it was to show his power over nature, but this is not explicitly stated.  However, in all three stories, the disciples were afraid.  Would you be afraid if you saw someone walking on the sea?

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