The Message

Psalm 114

11-8 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.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 114

Psalm 114

The people of Israel came out of Egypt.
    The people of Jacob left a land where a different language was spoken.
Then Judah became the holy place where God lived.
    Israel became the land he ruled over.

The Red Sea saw him and parted.
    The Jordan River stopped flowing.
The mountains leaped like rams.
    The hills skipped like lambs.

Red Sea, why did you part?
    Jordan River, why did you stop flowing?
Why did you mountains leap like rams?
    Why did you hills skip like lambs?

Earth, tremble with fear when the Lord comes.
    Tremble when the God of Jacob is near.
He turned the rock into a pool.
    He turned the hard rock into springs of water.