The stormy boat ride (Mt 8:24-8:24)

“A windstorm arose

On the sea.

Thus,

The boat

Was being swamped

By the waves.

But Jesus was asleep.”

 

καὶ ἰδοὺ σεισμὸς μέγας ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ, ὥστε τὸ πλοῖον καλύπτεσθαι ὑπὸ τῶν κυμάτων· αὐτὸς δὲ ἐκάθευδεν.

 

This stormy boat ride episode can be found in Mark, chapter 4:37-38, and Luke, chapter 8:23, somewhat the same as here.  A great severe storm, almost like an earthquake, arouse (καὶ ἰδοὺ σεισμὸς μέγας ἐγένετο), while they were at sea (ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ).  Their boat was being enveloped or swamped with surging waves (ὥστε τὸ πλοῖον καλύπτεσθαι ὑπὸ τῶν κυμάτων).  However, Jesus was asleep (αὐτὸς δὲ ἐκάθευδεν), while this storm was hitting their boat.

Jonah was sleeping (Jon 1:5-1:6)

“Jonah,

Meanwhile,

Had gone down

Into the hold

Of the ship.

He had lain down.

He was fast asleep.

The captain came.

He said to him.

‘What are you doing

Sound asleep?

Get up!

Call on your God!

Perhaps your God

Will spare us

A thought,

So that we do not perish.’”

However, Jonah was oblivious to all that was going on with the storm, since he was sleeping below the deck.  Then the captain of the ship came to Jonah.  He told him to wake up and pray to his god.  Maybe the god of Jonah would help them not to die at sea.