Matthew 8:24
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New International Version
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

New Living Translation
Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

English Standard Version
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

New American Standard Bible
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.

King James Bible
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But He was sleeping.

International Standard Version
Suddenly, a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat began to be swamped by the waves. Yet Jesus kept sleeping.

NET Bible
And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And behold, a great earthquake occurred in the sea, so that the galley would be covered from the waves, but Yeshua was asleep.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Suddenly, a severe storm came across the sea. The waves were covering the boat. Yet, Jesus was sleeping.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, there arose a great moving in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

American King James Version
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

American Standard Version
And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep.

Darby Bible Translation
and behold, [the water] became very agitated on the sea, so that the ship was covered by the waves; but *he* slept.

English Revised Version
And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Weymouth New Testament
But suddenly there arose a great storm on the Lake, so that the waves threatened to engulf the boat; but He was asleep.

World English Bible
Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves, but he was sleeping,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:23-27 It is a comfort to those who go down to the sea in ships, and are often in perils there, to reflect that they have a Saviour to trust in and pray to, who knows what it is to be on the water, and to be in storms there. Those who are passing with Christ over the ocean of this world, must expect storms. His human nature, like to ours in every thing but sin, was wearied, and he slept at this time to try the faith of his disciples. They, in their fear, came to their Master. Thus is it in a soul; when lusts and temptations are swelling and raging, and God is, as it were, asleep to it, this brings it to the brink of despair. Then it cries for a word from his mouth, Lord Jesus, keep not silence to me, or I am undone. Many that have true faith, are weak in it. Christ's disciples are apt to be disquieted with fears in a stormy day; to torment themselves that things are bad with them, and with dismal thoughts that they will be worse. Great storms of doubt and fear in the soul, under the power of the spirit of bondage, sometimes end in a wonderful calm, created and spoken by the Spirit of adoption. They were astonished. They never saw a storm so turned at once into a perfect calm. He that can do this, can do any thing, which encourages confidence and comfort in him, in the most stormy day, within or without, Isa 26:4.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - And, behold (Matthew 1:20, note). Perhaps when with Jesus they hardly expected a storm. There arose a great tempest in the sea. St. Matthew records only the effect of the sudden rush (λαῖλαψ in the parallel passages) of the wind down the gorges. Insomuch that the ship (Revised Version, boat) was covered with the waves. The waves swept again and again clean over the boat. Slowly but surely the boat was filling(parallel passages). But he was asleep. All the time (ἑκάθευδεν). Yet what a contrast to Jonah (Jonah 1:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And behold, there arose a great tempest,.... "A great concussion", or "shaking" of the sea; the stormy wind moved the sea, and the waves thereof; and both wind and sea shook the ship, and the men that were in it. Luke calls this tempest a "storm wind", Luke 8:23 and Mark says, it was "a great storm of wind", Mark 4:37 and both use the word "loelaps", which signifies a particular kind of wind, which is suddenly whirled about upwards and downwards; or rather, a conflict of many winds: it seems to be a whirlwind, or hurricane. It is said, that this tempest "arose", not by chance, nor by the power of Satan, but by divine providence; for the trial of the faith of Christ's disciples, and that he might have an opportunity of giving proof of his deity on the sea, as he had lately done in several instances on the dry land. Luke says, that this storm of wind "came down"; referring to the motion and course of the winds, which are exhalations from the earth, raised up into the middle region of the air, from whence they are expelled by a superior force to the lower region, and from thence move in an oblique, slanting manner, downwards. The place where this tempest arose, or into which this storm of wind came down, is here said to be

in the sea. Luke calls it a "lake", and it was the lake of Genesareth. But both Matthew and Mark call it the sea, and is what is sometimes called the sea of Tiberias, and the sea of Galilee; see John 6:1 agreeably to the language of the Jewish (i) writers. To all this, the word "behold!" is prefixed; which is sometimes used, when anything extraordinary and preternatural is spoken of: and this storm seems to be more than an ordinary one; at least, it was very sudden and unexpected: when the disciples entered the ship, the air was serene, and the sea still and quiet; but as soon as they had set sail, at once, on a sudden, this storm came down, with great force into the sea, and lifted up its waves;

insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; it was just sinking to the bottom, so that they were in the utmost extremity: and what added to their distress was,

but he, Christ,

was asleep. Mark mentions the place where he was asleep, "in the hinder part of the ship"; that is in the stern: where he, as Lord and Master, should be, though to the great concern of his disciples, there asleep; and that in a deep sound sleep, as the word which Luke makes use of signifies; and as appears by the loud repeated call of his disciples to awake him: and though this sleep doubtless arose from natural causes, he being greatly fatigued with the business of the day past; yet was so ordered by the providence of God, to come upon him in such a manner at this time, for the trial of the faith of his disciples. Christ's body needing sleep, and refreshment by it, shows that it was a real human body he assumed; subject to the same infirmities as our's; excepting sin; and is no contradiction to the truth of his divinity, as the Jew (k) suggests. He slept as man, though, as God, he is Israel's keeper, who neither slumbers nor sleeps.

(i) T. Bob. Moed. Katon, fol. 18. 2. Bava Kama, fol. 81. 2. Bereshit Rabba, fol. 86. 2.((k) Vet. Nizzachon, p. 210.



Matthew 8:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Stills the Storm
23When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing!"…
Cross References
Habakkuk 3:10
the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high.

Matthew 8:23
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

Matthew 8:25
The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"

Mark 4:37
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

there.

Psalm 107:23-27 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…

Isaiah 54:11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, …

Jonah 1:4,5 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a …

Mark 4:37,38 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the …

Acts 27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

2 Corinthians 11:25,26 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered …

but.

Luke 8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of …

John 6:17,18 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. …

John 11:5,6,15 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus…

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