New American Standard Bible
You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
King James Bible
Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou rulest the pride of the sea: when its waves arise, thou stillest them.
World English Bible
You rule the pride of the sea. When its waves rise up, you calm them.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou art ruler over the pride of the sea, In the lifting up of its billows Thou dost restrain them.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou rulest the raging of the sea - The pride; the anger; the lifting up of the sea. That is, when the sea is raging and boisterous; when it seems as if everything would be swept away before it, thou hast absolute control over it. There is, perhaps, no more impressive exhibition of divine power than the control which God has over the raging waves of the ocean: and yet this was the power which Jesus exercised over the raging sea of Galilee - showing that he had the power of God. Mark 4:39-41.
When the waves thereof arise - In the lifting up of the waves; when they seem to raise themselves up in defiance.
Thou stillest them - At thy pleasure. They rise no higher than thou dost permit; at thy command they settle down into a calm. So in the troubles of life - the storms - the waves of affliction; they rise as high as God permits, and no higher; when he commands they subside, and leave the mind as calm as the smooth sea when not a breath of wind moves over its surface, or makes a ripple on its placid bosom.
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And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty.
He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
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