1 When the time came for Israel to leave Egypt— for Jacob’s family to be free of those who spoke another language— 2 God chose to make Judah His sacred place, and Israel became His realm.
3 And the waters of the sea witnessed God’s actions and ran away; the Jordan, too, turned around and ran back to where it came from. 4 All of the mountains leapt with the strength of mighty rams, and all of the hills danced with the joy of little lambs.
5 Why do you retreat, O sea? Why do you roll back your waters, O Jordan? 6 Why, O mountains, do you leap with the strength of rams? Why, O hills, do you dance with joy like little lambs?
7 Shudder and quake, O you earth, at the sight of the Lord. The God of Jacob comes, 8 Who turns rock into pools of refreshing water and flint into fountains of life-giving streams!
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