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Matthew 17:14

    Matthew 17:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when they came to the people, a man went down on his knees to him, saying,

    Webster's Revision

    And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, saying,

    World English Bible

    When they came to the multitude, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, and saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 17:14

    When they were come to the multitude - It appears that a congregation had been collected during our Lord's stay on the mount: how great must have been the desire of these people to hear the words of Christ! The assembly is self-collected, and no delay on the preacher's side discourages them - they continue to wait for him. In the present day how rare is this zeal! How few by the most pathetic invitation can be brought together, even at the most convenient times, to hear the same doctrines, and to get their souls healed by the same wonder-working Christ!

    Kneeling down to him - Or falling at his knees, γονυπετων. The ancients consecrated the Ear to memory; the Forehead to genius; the Right Hand to faith; and the Knees to mercy: hence those who entreated favor fell at and touched the knees of the person whose kindness they supplicated. See Wakefield's Commentary; and see the note on Exodus 9:29; where the subject is largely explained.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 17:14

    And when they were come to the multitude - This took place on the day following the transfiguration, Luke 9:37. This multitude was probably composed of persons who had attended on his ministry, many of whom were his real disciples. With them, as Mark Mar 9:15 informs us, were "scribes questioning with them." That is, they were probably professedly making inquiries about the Saviour, but really attempting to introduce their own sentiments, and to draw them off from him. They probably artfully asked them many questions about his birth, his family, his appearance, his manner of life, and his instructions, all which were contrary to the general expectation respecting the Messiah, and they intended, therefore, to insinuate that such a person could not be the Christ. The people were persuaded that he was the Messiah. and it would not have done to have attacked their opinions openly, but they attempted to gain the same point by sly insinuations. Error is always subtle, and often puts on the appearance of calm and honest inquiry. Well had he compared them to leavens, Matthew 16:11-12. The multitude, seeing Jesus coming down, left the scribes, and ran to meet him (Mark). They were amazed, probably because they had not expected to see him there. In their joy at meeting him in this unexpected manner, they "saluted" him (Mark); that is, probably they prostrated themselves before him after the manner of salutation in Eastern countries. See the notes at Luke 10:4. Jesus, seeing the scribes and their artful design, reproved them by asking them why they questioned thus with his disciples, Mark 9:16. Conscious of their guilt and their base purpose, they returned no answer.

    A certain man kneeling down to him - That is, saluting him, or showing high regard for him. See the notes at Luke 10:4. It did not imply religious homage, but merely high respect and earnest entreaty.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 17:14

    17:14 Mark 9:14; Luke 11:37.