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A Song for Passover

114 Many years ago the Jewish people escaped Egypt’s tyranny,
so that Israel, God’s people of praise,[a]
    would become his holy sanctuary,
    his kingdom on the earth.
The Red Sea waters saw them coming and ran the other way!
    Then later, the Jordan River too
    moved aside so that they could all pass through.
The land shuddered with fear.
    Mountains and hills shook with dread.[b]
O sea, what happened to you to make you flee?
    O Jordan, what was it that made you turn and run?
O mountains, what frightened you so?
    And you hills, what made you shiver?
Tremble, O earth, for you are in the presence of the Lord,
    the presence of the God of Jacob.
He splits open boulders and brings up bubbling water.
    Gushing streams burst forth when he is near!


  1. 114:2 Or Judah, which means “praise.”
  2. 114:4 The literal Hebrew reads “Mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.” This does not mean they skipped with joy, but that they shook with fear, as the context reveals.

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