KJV LexiconNevertheless the men
a mortal; hence, a man in general (singly or collectively)English versions, especially when used in apposition with another word.
to force a passage, as by burglary; figuratively, with oars -- dig (through), row.
to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively
it to the land
dry ground -- dry (ground, land).
but they could
to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might)
not for the sea
from an unused root meaning to roar -- sea (-faring man, (-shore), south, west (-ern, side, -ward).
to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively)
and was tempestuous
to rush upon; by implication, to toss (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative)
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.
King James Bible
Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they couldn't because the sea was raging against them more and more.
International Standard Version
Even so, the crewmen rowed hard to bring the ship toward dry land, but they were unsuccessful, because the sea was growing more and more stormy.
Instead, they tried to row back to land, but they were not able to do so because the storm kept growing worse and worse.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, the men tried to row harder to get the ship back to shore, but they couldn't do it. The storm was getting worse.
King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea raged, and was tempestuous against them.
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