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

New Living Translation
The disciples were amazed. "Who is this man?" they asked. "Even the winds and waves obey him!"

English Standard Version
And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Berean Study Bible
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!"

Berean Literal Bible
And the men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

New American Standard Bible
The men were amazed, and said, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

King James Bible
But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this?--even the winds and the sea obey Him!"

International Standard Version
The men were amazed. "What kind of man is this?" they asked. "Even the winds and the sea obey him!"

NET Bible
And the men were amazed and said, "What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!"

New Heart English Bible
And the men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the men were shocked and were saying, “Who is this, that the wind and the sea obey him?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!"

New American Standard 1977
And the men marveled, saying, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey him!

King James 2000 Bible
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

American King James Version
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

American Standard Version
And the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him?

Darby Bible Translation
But the men were astonished, saying, What sort [of man] is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

English Revised Version
And the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

Webster's Bible Translation
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Weymouth New Testament
and the men, filled with amazement, exclaimed, "What kind of man is this? for the very winds and waves obey him!"

World English Bible
The men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Young's Literal Translation
and the men wondered, saying, 'What kind -- is this, that even the wind and the sea do obey him?'
Study Bible
Jesus Calms the Storm
26“You of little faith,” Jesus replied, “why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm. 27The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey Him!” 28When Jesus arrived on the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him on their way from the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those following Him, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Matthew 8:26
"You of little faith," Jesus replied, "why are you so afraid?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm.

Matthew 8:28
When Jesus arrived on the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him on their way from the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.
Treasury of Scripture

But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, …

Matthew 15:31 So that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, …

Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, …

Mark 6:51 And he went up to them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they …

Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He has done all things …

(27) The men marvelled.--This use of so vague a term as "men," as applied to the disciples, is so exceptional as to suggest the thought that there were others in the boat with them. The marvel was not without a "great fear" (Mark 4:41). The Presence among them was mightier even than they had thought, and the elements, which seemed far more removed from human control than leprosy or fever, were yet subject to His sovereignty.

The spiritual application of the miracle lies so near the surface that it has almost become one of the common-places of sermons and hymns. And yet there is a profound fitness in it which never ceases to be fresh. The boat is the Church of Christ, and it sails across the ocean of the world's history to the "other side" of the life beyond the grave. The wind is the blast of persecution, and the Lord of the Church seems as though He were asleep, and heard not the cry of the sufferers, and the disciples are faint-hearted and afraid. And then He hears their prayer, and the storm of the persecution ceases, and there is a great calm, during which the Church goes on its way, and men learn to feel that it carries more than Csar and his fortunes.

Verse 27. - But (Revised Version, and) the men. Perhaps the disciples ("Sic als Menschen staunch," Nosgen), but probably those to whom the boat belonged (ver. 23, note), the crew. It seems very far-fetched to explain it of all men who heard of the miracle. Marvelled. As the multitudes (Matthew 9:33; but contrast Matthew 14:33). Saying, What manner of man is this? (Ποταπός ἐστιν οϋτος). Parallel passages, "Who then?" (τίς ἄρα;). The term indicates the slightness of their knowledge of his character (probably not his origin, which, according to Phryn. [Wetstein], would be ποδαπός; though it may be doubted whether the distinction can be pressed in Hellenistic Greek). They seem, with Nicodemus, to have recognized that holiness was an essential condition of performing miracles (John 3:2), but not to have realized that this condition was satisfied in Jesus. That even the winds and the sea obey him. "Him," emphatic (αὐτῷ ὑπακούουσιν). The miracle! has been seen to be a parable of the security of the ship of the Church since at least the days of Tertullian ('De Bapt.,' § 12). (For the comparison generally of the Church to a ship, compare especially Bishop Lightfoot on Ignatius, 'Polyc.,' § it.) But the men marvelled,.... Mark says, "they feared exceedingly"; and Luke, "they being afraid, wondered": they were filled with astonishment and fear, or reverence: there was such a shine of majesty, such a lustre of divine power appeared in this affair. The other two evangelists seem to refer this to the disciples, which Matthew seems to ascribe to the men, the mariners that were in the ship; it is likely it had the same effect on both; and both were abundantly convinced of his deity and dignity, saying,

what manner of man, or person

is this? For the word "man", is not in the text; of what qualities, perfections and powers, is he possessed? Surely he must be more than a mere man; he can be no other than the mighty God,

that even the winds and the sea obey him: which can be said of no other, than the most high God: never was such a thing heard of, that the winds and sea should be rebuked by a mere creature, and should obey. That man must be infidel to "revelation", that can read this account, and deny the deity of Christ; to one or other of these he must be drove, either to deny the truth of the fact, and the circumstances of it, or believe that Jesus Christ is truly and properly God, as the disciples and mariners did. 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.
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