8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 1 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 2 8:19 Then 3 an expert in the law 4 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 5 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 6 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 7 8:21 Another 8 of the 9 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 10
8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 11 8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came 12 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 8:26 But 13 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 14 the winds and the sea, 15 and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 16 were amazed and said, 17 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 18
1 tc ‡ Codex B and some Sahidic
2 tn The phrase “of the lake” is not in the Greek text but is clearly implied; it has been supplied here for clarity.
3 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then.”
5 sn The statement I will follow you wherever you go is an offer to follow Jesus as a disciple, no matter what the cost.
6 tn Grk “the birds of the sky” or “the birds of the heaven”; the Greek word οὐρανός (ouranos) may be translated either “sky” or “heaven,” depending on the context. The idiomatic expression “birds of the sky” refers to wild birds as opposed to domesticated fowl (cf. BDAG 809 s.v. πετεινόν).
7 sn Jesus’ reply is simply this: Does the man understand the rejection he will be facing? Jesus has no home in the world (the Son of Man has no place to lay his head).
8 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
9 tc ‡ Most
10 sn There are several options for the meaning of Jesus’ reply Leave the dead to bury their own dead: (1) Recent research suggests that burial customs in the vicinity of Jerusalem from about 20
11 sn A boat that held all the disciples would be of significant size.
12 tn The participle προσελθόντες (proselqonte") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.
13 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.
14 tn Or “commanded” (often with the implication of a threat, L&N 33.331).
16 tn It is difficult to know whether ἄνθρωποι (anqrwpoi) should be translated as “men” or “people” (in a generic sense) here. At issue is whether (1) only the Twelve were with Jesus in the boat, as opposed to other disciples (cf. v. 23), and (2) whether any of those other disciples would have been women. The issue is complicated further by the parallel in Mark (4:35-41), where the author writes (4:36) that other boats accompanied them on this journey.
17 tn Grk “the men were amazed, saying.” The participle λέγοντες (legontes) has been translated as a finite verb to make the sequence of events clear in English.
18 sn Jesus’ authority over creation raised a question for the disciples about his identity (What sort of person is this?). This verse shows that the disciples followed Jesus even though they did not know all about him yet.