Matthew 17:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 17:14, NIV: When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.

Matthew 17:14, ESV: And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him,

Matthew 17:14, KJV: And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

Matthew 17:14, NASB: When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying,

Matthew 17:14, NLT: At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said,

Matthew 17:14, CSB: When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before him.

What does Matthew 17:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has privileged Peter, James, and John to an astounding experience on the mountain and a powerful conversation as they hiked down (Matthew 17:1–13). Arriving at the bottom, they immediately enter back into a world of demanding crowds and the earthly needs of Jesus' ministry.

A man approaches Christ and kneels before him in respect and humility. Matthew's telling of this story is quite condensed. Mark gives a much more detailed account (Mark 9:14–29). From Mark, we know that Jesus came to the remaining nine disciples and found them surrounded by a crowd and in an argument with some of the religious leaders known as scribes. When Jesus asks what they are arguing about, this man approaches Jesus and begins to describe what is happening to his son. Apparently, the scribes were arguing with the disciples about their inability to heal the boy.