They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.
But the whole group was terribly frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!
They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death.
But they were full of fear, being of the opinion that they were seeing a spirit.
They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.
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1 sn The disciples were still not comfortable at this point thinking that this could be Jesus raised from the dead. Instead they thought they saw a spirit.
2 tc This is not a reference to “a phantom” as read by the Western ms D. For πνεῦμα (pneuma) having the force of “ghost,” or “an independent noncorporeal being, in contrast to a being that can be perceived by the physical senses,” see BDAG 833-34 s.v. πνεῦμα 4.