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Psalms 114:2-7

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114:2 Judah became his sanctuary,

Israel his kingdom.

114:3 The sea looked and fled; 1 

the Jordan River 2  turned back. 3 

114:4 The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs. 4 

114:5 Why do you flee, O sea?

Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?

114:6 Why do you skip like rams, O mountains,

like lambs, O hills?

114:7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord –

before the God of Jacob,

1 sn The psalmist recalls the crossing of the Red Sea (Exod 14:21).

2 tn Heb “the Jordan” (also in v. 5). The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

3 sn The psalmist recalls the crossing of the Jordan River (Josh 3:13, 16).

4 sn The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. This may recall the theophany at Sinai when the mountain shook before God’s presence (Exod 19:18).



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