Matthew 8:26
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New International Version
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

New Living Translation
Jesus responded, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

New American Standard Bible
He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

King James Bible
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, you of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.

International Standard Version
He asked them, "Why are you afraid, you who have little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

NET Bible
But he said to them, "Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to them, “Why are you afraid, you small of faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "Why do you cowards have so little faith?" Then he got up, gave an order to the wind and the sea, and the sea became very calm.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then, awake, he rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

American King James Version
And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

American Standard Version
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm.

Darby Bible Translation
And he says to them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then, having arisen, he rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

English Revised Version
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he saith to them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Weymouth New Testament
"Why are you so easily frightened," He replied, "you men of little faith?" Then He rose and reproved the winds and the waves, and there was a perfect calm;

World English Bible
He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith to them, 'Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?' Then having risen, he rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm;
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 26. - And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30, note). The winds and waves were mastering their souls as well as their bodies. Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea. -Rebuked (ἐπετίμησε); cf. Psalm 104:7. The words spoken are recorded by St. Mark. And there was a great calm. Corresponding to the "great tempest" (ver. 24).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he saith unto them, why are ye fearful?.... Though they had some faith in him, yet there was a great deal of fear and unbelief, for which Christ blames them, saying,

O ye of little faith: See Gill on Matthew 6:30. In Luke, the phrase is, "where is your faith?" what is become of it? You professed but just now to believe in me, is your faith gone already? In Mark it is, "how is it that ye have no faith?" That is, in exercise, their faith was very small, it could hardly be discerned: some faith they had, as appears by their application to him, but it was very little. They had no faith in him, as sleeping, that he could deliver them; but had some little faith in him that he might, could he be awaked out of sleep; and for this Christ blames them; for he, as the eternal God, was as able to save them sleeping as waking.

Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm: being awaked by his disciples, he raises his head from his pillow, stands up, and with a majestic voice, in an authoritative manner, showing some kind of resentment at the wind and sea, as if they had exceeded their commission; and the one had blown, and the other raged too much and too long; he rebukes them in such language as this, "peace, be still"; , as it is in Mark, be silent, hold your peace, stop your mouth, put a bridle on it, as the words used signify; and go on no longer to threaten with shipwreck and loss of lives; upon which the wind ceased, the sea became calm, and the ship moved quietly on.



Matthew 8:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Stills the Storm
25And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing!" 26He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
Cross References
Psalm 65:7
who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.

Psalm 107:29
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

Nahum 1:4
He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

Matthew 6:30
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith?

Matthew 8:27
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

Matthew 14:31
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

Matthew 16:8
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

Matthew 17:20
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Mark 4:39
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Luke 4:35
"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Why.

Matthew 6:30 Why, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and …

Matthew 14:30,31 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning …

Matthew 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, …

Isaiah 41:10-14 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Mark 4:40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?

Luke 8:25 And he said to them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, …

Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was …

and rebuked.

Matthew 8:27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even …

Job 38:8-11 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it …

Psalm 65:7 Which stills the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and …

Psalm 89:9 You rule the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, you still them.

Psalm 93:3,4 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their …

Psalm 104:6-9 You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood …

Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble, and he brings them out …

Psalm 114:3-7 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back…

Proverbs 8:28,29 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains …

Isaiah 50:2-4 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing …

Nahum 1:4 He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: …

Habakkuk 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was your anger against …

Mark 4:39,41 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be …

Mark 6:48-51 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary to them: …

Luke 8:24,25 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. …

Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

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