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Matthew 14: 22 — 33

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22    7 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and
        precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the
        crowds.

23    After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself
        to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

24    Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was
        being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was
        against it.

25    During the fourth watch of the night, 8 he came toward
        them, walking on the sea.

26    When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they
        were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried
        out in fear.

27    At once (Jesus) spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I;
        9 do not be afraid.”

28    Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command
        me to come to you on the water.”

29    He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to
        walk o
n the water toward Jesus.

30    But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became
        frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord,
        save me!”

31    Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught
        him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, 10 why did
        you doubt?”

32     After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

33     11 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
         “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

 

7 [22-33] The disciples, laboring against the turbulent sea, are saved by Jesus. For his power over the
waters, see the note on ⇒ Matthew 8:26. Here that power is expressed also by his walking on the sea
(⇒ Matthew 14:25; cf ⇒ Psalm 77:20; ⇒ Job 9:8). Matthew has inserted into the Marcan story
(⇒ Mark 6:45-52) material that belongs to his special traditions on Peter (⇒ Matthew 14:28-31).

8 [25] The fourth watch of the night: between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. The Romans divided the twelve hours
between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. into four equal parts called “watches.”

9 [27] It is I: see the note on ⇒ Mark 6:50.

10 [31] You of little faith: see the note on Matthew 6:30. Why did you doubt?: the verb is peculiar to
Matthew and occurs elsewhere only in Matthew 28:17.

11 [33] This confession is in striking contrast to the Marcan parallel (Matthew 6:51) where the disciples
are “completely astounded.”

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