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Jesus Calms a Storm

23 They all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. 24 Suddenly a violent storm[a] developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. 25 The disciples woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We’re going to die!”[b]

26 But Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you gripped with fear?[c] Where is your faith?” Then he stood and rebuked[d] the storm, saying, “Be still!” And instantly it became perfectly calm.[e]

27 The disciples were astonished by this miracle and said to one another, “Who is this Man? Even the wind and waves obey his Word.”

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Footnotes

  1. 8:24 Or “earthquake.” This could have been a temblor that caused tidal waves that swamped their boat. Most expositors equate this instead to the shaking of a violent storm.
  2. 8:25 See Ps. 44:23.
  3. 8:26 Or “Why are you so cowardly, you of such little faith?” Jesus is implying that if they had faith, they could have commanded the storm to be stilled and it would happen.
  4. 8:26 This is the same Greek word that is used when Jesus rebuked demons.
  5. 8:26 See Pss. 89:9; 107:23–30.