New International Version
they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.
King James Bible
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
Darby Bible Translation
The mountains rose, the valleys sank, unto the place which thou hadst founded for them; --
World English Bible
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down, to the place which you had assigned to them.
Young's Literal Translation
They go up hills -- they go down valleys, Unto a place Thou hast founded for them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys - Taking the words as they stand here, springs seem to be what are intended. But it is difficult to conceive how the water could ascend, through the fissures of mountains, to their tops, and then come down their sides so as to form rivulets to water the valleys. Most probably all the springs in mountains and hills are formed from waters which fall on their tops in the form of rain, or from clouds that, passing over them, are arrested, and precipitate their contents, which, sinking down, are stopped by some solid strata, till, forcing their way at some aperture at their sides, they form springs and fountains. Possibly, however, vapours and exhalations are understood; these by evaporation ascend to the tops of mountains, where they are condensed and precipitated. Thus the vapours ascend, and then come down to the valleys, forming fountains and rivulets in those places which the providence of God has allotted them; that is, continuous valleys, with such a degree of inclination as determines their waters to run in that direction till they reach another river, or fall into the ocean.
Some have thought there is a reference to the breaking up on the fountains of the great deep, at the time of the flood; while the protrusion of the waters would raise the circumambient crust, so as to form mountains, the other parts, falling in to fill up the vacuum occasioned by the waters which were thrown up from the central abyss, would constitute valleys.
Ovid seems to paraphrase this verse: -
Jussit et extendi campos, subsidere valles,
Fronde tegi sylvas, lapidosos surgere montes.
Met. lib. i., ver. 43.
"He shades the woods, the valleys he restrains
With rocky mountains, and extends the plains."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
they go up, etc. or, The mountains ascend, the valleys descend.
LibraryThe Glory of the Trinity
Eversley, 1868. St Mary's Chester, 1871. Trinity Sunday. Psalm civ. 31, 33. "The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: The Lord shall rejoice in his works. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." This is Trinity Sunday, on which we think especially of the name of God. A day which, to a wise man, may well be one of the most solemn, and the most humiliating days of the whole year. For is it not humiliating to look stedfastly, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
Lessons from Nature
The Creaturely Man.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.
You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.
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