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Matthew 14:29

29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Read Matthew 14:29 Using Other Translations

And he said,Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

What does Matthew 14:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 14:29

And he said, come
This he said, partly to assure them who he was; for had he denied him, he and the rest might have concluded, it was none of Jesus; and partly to commend his love, and confirm his faith, by giving a further instance of his power, in enabling him to walk upon the water, as he did:

and when Peter was come down out of the ship;
as he immediately did, having orders from Christ; and being by this second speech fully convinced it was he

he walked on the water;
a little way, being supported and enabled by the power of Christ; for this was an extraordinary and miraculous action: for if it was so in Christ, it was much more so in Peter: Christ walked upon the water by his own power, as God; Peter walked upon the water, being held up by the power of Christ. The Jews F23 indeed, call swimming (Mymh ynp le hjyvh) , "walking upon the face of the waters": hence we read of a swimmer's vessel, which is explained to be what men make to learn in it, how (Mymh ynp le) (jwvl) , "to go or walk upon the face of the waters" F24; but then this is not going upon them upright, but prone, or lying along upon the surface of the waters, which was not Peter's case; he did not, as at another time, cast himself into the sea, and swim to Christ; see ( John 21:7 ) but as soon as he came down from the ship, standing upright, he walked upon the waters,

to go to Jesus;
not merely for walking sake, but for the sake of Christ, he dearly loved; that he might be with him, and be still more confirmed of the truth of its being he, and not a spirit.


F23 R. David Kimchi, Sepher Shorash. rad. (hxv) .
F24 R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel moed, fol. 78. 1.
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