Mark 4:37
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New International Version
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

New Living Translation
But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

English Standard Version
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.

New American Standard Bible
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.

King James Bible
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

International Standard Version
A violent windstorm came up, and the waves began breaking into the boat, so that the boat was rapidly becoming swamped.

NET Bible
Now a great windstorm developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was a great storm and the wind and the waves were beating into the ship and it was close to being filled.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A violent windstorm came up. The waves were breaking into the boat so that it was quickly filling up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

King James 2000 Bible
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

American King James Version
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

American Standard Version
And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled.

Darby Bible Translation
And there comes a violent gust of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it already filled.

English Revised Version
And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was now full.

Weymouth New Testament
But a heavy squall came on, and the waves were now dashing into the boat, so that it was fast filling.

World English Bible
A big wind storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so much that the boat was already filled.

Young's Literal Translation
And there cometh a great storm of wind, and the waves were beating on the boat, so that it is now being filled,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:35-41 Christ was asleep in the storm, to try the faith of his disciples, and to stir them up to pray. Their faith appeared weak, and their prayers strong. When our wicked hearts are like the troubled sea which cannot rest, when our passions are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. When without are fightings, and within are fears, and the spirits are in a tumult, if he say, Peace, be still, there is a great calm at once. Why are ye so fearful? Though there may be cause for some fear, yet not for such fear as this. Those may suspect their faith, who can have such a thought as that Jesus careth not though his people perish. How imperfect are the best of saints! Faith and fear take their turns while we are in this world; but ere long, fear will be overcome, and faith will be lost in sight.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - And there arose a great storm of wind; literally, there ariseth (γίνεται λαίλαψ). St. Mark often uses the historical present, which gives vigor and point to his narrative. And the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling (ἤδη γεμίζεσθαι). St. Matthew says (Matthew 8:24), "the boat was covered with the waves." St. Luke (Luke 8:23), "they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy." Bede and ethers have thought that the boat in which Christ was the only boat that was tossed by this storm; in order that Christ might show his power in limiting the area of the tempest. But it is far more probable that the ether boats were subject to it; for they were very near to the boat in which Christ was. There must have been some reason for the allusion to these boats; and the wider the reach of the tempest, the greater would appear the Divine power of Christ in stilling it, and the greater the amount of testimony to the reality of the miracle. The miracle was wrought to show his power over all creation, the sea as well as the dry land; and that they, his disciples, and all who were with him might believe in him as the Omnipotent God. But further, this tempest on the sea of Galilee was a type and symbol of the trials and temptations which should come on the Church. For the Church of God is as a ship in a storm, ever tossed upon "the waves of this troublesome world." And then, moreover, as the rude storm urges the ship onwards, so that it more quickly reaches the desired haven, so afflictions and temptations quicken Christ's disciples to the greater desire of holiness, by which they are borne onwards more speedily to "the haven where they would be."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there arose a great storm of wind,.... Called Laelaps, a wind that is suddenly whirled about upwards and downwards, and is said to be a storm, or tempest of wind with rain; it was a sort of a hurricane:

and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was full; of water, and ready to sink. Beza says in one copy it read, and so in one of Stephens's. It was immersed, covered all over with water, and was going down at once to the bottom; so that they were in imminent danger, in the utmost extremity; See Gill on Matthew 8:24.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. And there arose a great storm of wind—"a tempest of wind." To such sudden squalls the Sea of Galilee is very liable from its position, in a deep basin, skirted on the east by lofty mountain ranges, while on the west the hills are intersected by narrow gorges through which the wind sweeps across the lake, and raises its waters with great rapidity into a storm.

and the waves beat into the ship—kept beating or pitching on the ship.

so that it was now full—rather, "so that it was already filling." In Matthew (Mt 8:24), "insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves"; but this is too strong. It should be, "so that the ship was getting covered by the waves." So we must translate the word used in Luke (Lu 8:23)—not as in our version—"And there came down a storm on the lake, and they were filled [with water]"—but "they were getting filled," that is, those who sailed; meaning, of course, that their ship was so.

Mark 4:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Stills the Storm
36Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"…
Cross References
Matthew 8:24
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

Mark 4:36
Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.

Mark 4:38
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

Acts 27:14
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.
Treasury of Scripture

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

there arose.

Matthew 8:23,24 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him…

Luke 8:22,23 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with …

great storm.

Job 1:12,19 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; …

Psalm 107:23-31 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…

Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a …

Acts 27:14-20,41 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called …

2 Corinthians 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered …

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