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Psalm 114 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Passover Song

114 When the people of Israel left Egypt,
    when Jacob's descendants left that foreign land,
Judah became the Lord's holy people,
    Israel became his own possession.

The Red Sea looked and ran away;
    the Jordan River stopped flowing.
The mountains skipped like goats;
    the hills jumped around like lambs.

What happened, Sea, to make you run away?
    And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing?
You mountains, why did you skip like goats?
    You hills, why did you jump around like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the Lord's coming,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who changes rocks into pools of water
    and solid cliffs into flowing springs.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 114 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 114

God’s Wonders at the Exodus

When Israel went out from Egypt,
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became God’s[a] sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled;
    Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
    O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
    O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
    the flint into a spring of water.


  1. Psalm 114:2 Heb his
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 114 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

114 When Isra’el came out of Egypt,
the house of Ya‘akov from a people of foreign speech,
Y’hudah became [God’s] sanctuary,
Isra’el his domain.

The sea saw this and fled;
the Yarden turned back;
the mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like young sheep.

Why is it, sea, that you flee?
Why, Yarden, do you turn back?
Why, mountains, do you skip like rams;
and you hills like young sheep?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Ya‘akov,
who turned the rock into a pool of water,
flint into flowing spring.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Psalm 114 The Message (MSG)

114 1-8 After Israel left Egypt,
    the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him,
    Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way;
    River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams,
    the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What’s wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away?
    and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams?
    and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence!
    in the presence of Jacob’s God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water,
    turned flint into fresh spring water.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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