Matt 28:8, Mark 16:8, Luke 24:9, John 20:18
- They told what happened
- (Matthew 28:8)--"And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples."
- (Luke 24:9)--"and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest."
- (John 20:18)--"Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her."
- They said nothing
- (Mark 16:8)--"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."
The best explanation is that the women initially said nothing (Mark 16:8) and then later told the disciples what they saw (Matthew 28:8, Luke 24:9). It would make sense that they were frightened and didn't know what to do or say. But then later, of course, they spoke up. The John 20:18 account is chronologically later than the other references and is not relevant in this difficulty.
Please see the Resurrection Chronology page to see how the verses fit together.
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