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The Bible talks a lot about the ocean, showing it as a symbol of God’s power. In these 50 verses, we see how the ocean represents God’s strength, creation, and the limits set by Him. Let’s take a look at these Bible verses about the ocean that highlight the ocean’s role in telling us about God’s authority over the big and mysterious waters.

God’s Sovereignty Over the Seas and Oceans

  • Psalm 93:4 – “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the Lord on high is mighty.”
  • Psalm 95:5 – “The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”
  • Psalm 96:11-12 – “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
  • Job 38:8-11 – “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?”
  • Isaiah 43:16 – “This is what the Lord says—he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters.”
  • Psalm 104:6-9 – “You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder, they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.”
  • Jeremiah 5:22 – “Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord. “Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.”
  • Psalm 107:29 – “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
  • Jonah 1:15-16: “Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this, the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.”
  • Nahum 1:4 – “He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.”

Navigating the Waters with Faith

  • Matthew 14:29-31 – “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'”
  • Mark 4:39 – “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
  • Isaiah 43:2 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
  • Psalm 32:6-7 – “Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
  • Psalm 69:1-2 – “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.”
  • Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”
  • Psalm 107:23-30 – “Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.”
  • Psalm 18:16-19 – “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”
  • Psalm 46:2-3 – “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The Symbolism of the Sea and Ocean in Prophecy and Revelation

  • Revelation 21:1 – “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”
  • Revelation 4:6 – “In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.”
  • Daniel 7:2-3 – “Daniel said: ‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.'”
  • Revelation 10:2 – “He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.”
  • Isaiah 57:20-21 – “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.'”
  • Revelation 13:1 – “The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.”
  • Isaiah 51:10 – “Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?”
  • Revelation 15:2: “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God.”
  • Psalm 107:25-29 – “For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.”
  • Revelation 16:3 – “The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.”

The Sea and Ocean as a Metaphor for Life’s Challenges and Trials

  • Psalm 42:7 – “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”
  • Psalm 69:14 – “Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.”
  • Psalm 77:19 – “Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”
  • Jonah 2:3 – “You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.”
  • Matthew 8:23-27 – “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.”
  • 2 Samuel 22:17-18 – “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”
  • Psalm 107:23 – “Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.”
  • Psalm 124:4-5 – “the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.”
  • Isaiah 8:7-8 – “the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates— the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks.”
  • Psalm 124:2-3 – “If the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us.”

Praise and Worship by the Sea and Ocean

  • Psalm 96:11-12 – “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
  • Psalm 98:7-8 – “Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.”
  • Revelation 7:1-3 – “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.”
  • Psalm 107:23-30 – “Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.”
  • Isaiah 42:10 – “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.”
  • Jonah 1:15-16 – “Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this, the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.”
  • Psalm 96:4-5 – “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”
  • Psalm 107:28-30 – “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”
  • Isaiah 11:9 – “They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
  • Psalm 8:8-9 – “the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Conclusion

These Bible verses about the ocean encourage us to think about the vastness of God’s creation and the lessons found in the steady movement of the sea, reminding believers of the lasting strength and authority of their Creator.