Matthew 28:8

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Read Matthew 28:8 Using Other Translations

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.

What does Matthew 28:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 28:8

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre
Or "they went out from it", as it may be rendered, and as it is in ( Mark 16:8 ) , which shows, that they went into the sepulchre upon the invitation of the angel, and saw the place where the Lord lay; and here it was the angel gave them their instructions, and errand to the disciples; which as soon as they received, they quitted the sepulchre in all haste, partly in obedience to the angel's orders, and partly through surprise and fear; for Mark says, "they fled from the sepulchre", ( Mark 16:8 ) , as persons terrified and affrighted: and it is added here,

with fear and great joy:
a mixture of both these; with fear and dread, because of the vision they had seen, and with joy at the news of Christ's resurrection; and yet in this their faith might not be so confirmed, as to have no doubt about it: they might fear the body was taken away, and removed to some other place, and that this they had seen might be a deception and a delusion. However, between both joy and fear, they set out,

and did run to bring his disciples word;
as Mary Magdalene ran to Peter, ( John 20:2 ) , nor is running unusual for women, or unbecoming them on certain occasions; see ( Genesis 24:20 Genesis 24:28 ) ( 29:12 ) . Their fright, as well as their joy, and their regard to the angel's order, might cause them to run, and make the quicker dispatch.

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