“The guards shook
In fear of him.
Like dead men.”
ἀπὸ δὲ τοῦ φόβου αὐτοῦ ἐσείσθησαν οἱ τηροῦντες καὶ ἐγενήθησαν ὡς νεκροί.
Matthew is the only one who mentioned that these guards were afraid. In the 3 other gospel stories, there was nothing about the guards at the tomb, even though there was a mention of the other men in the tomb. Thus, Matthew uniquely said that the guards or those keeping watch over the tomb (οἱ τηροῦντες) shook or trembled in fear (ἀπὸ δὲ τοῦ φόβου αὐτοῦ ἐσείσθησαν) of this angel of the Lord. These guards became like dead men (καὶ ἐγενήθησαν ὡς νεκροί). They did not die, however.