Psalm 114:3
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New International Version
The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back;

New Living Translation
The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way! The water of the Jordan River turned away.

English Standard Version
The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.

New American Standard Bible
The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back.

King James Bible
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sea looked and fled; the Jordan turned back.

International Standard Version
The sea saw this and fled, the Jordan River ran backwards,

NET Bible
The sea looked and fled; the Jordan River turned back.

New Heart English Bible
The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Sea saw him and fled and Jordan turned its backside!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Red Sea looked at this and ran away. The Jordan River turned back.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sea saw it, and fled; The Jordan turned backward.

New American Standard 1977
The sea looked and fled;
            The Jordan turned back.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sea saw it and fled; Jordan was driven back.

King James 2000 Bible
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

American King James Version
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

American Standard Version
The sea saw it, and fled; The Jordan was driven back.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sea saw and fled: Jordan was turned back.

Darby Bible Translation
The sea saw it and fled, the Jordan turned back;

English Revised Version
The sea saw it, and fled; Jordan was driven back.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

World English Bible
The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.

Young's Literal Translation
The sea hath seen, and fleeth, The Jordan turneth backward.
Study Bible
Tremble at the Presence of the Lord
2Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion. 3The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs.…
Cross References
Exodus 14:21
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.

Joshua 3:13
"It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap."

Joshua 3:16
the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho.

Psalm 66:6
He turned the sea into dry land; They passed through the river on foot; There let us rejoice in Him!

Psalm 74:15
You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams.

Psalm 77:16
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.

Habakkuk 3:8
Did the LORD rage against the rivers, Or was Your anger against the rivers, Or was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, On Your chariots of salvation?
Treasury of Scripture

The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

sea

Psalm 77:16 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: …

Psalm 104:7 At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hurried away.

Psalm 106:9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them …

Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused …

Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of your nostrils the waters were gathered together, …

Isaiah 63:12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing …

Habakkuk 3:8,15 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was your anger against …

Jordan

Psalm 74:15 You did split the fountain and the flood: you dried up mighty rivers.

Joshua 3:13-16 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the …

Habakkuk 3:9 Your bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, …

(3) Fled.--The Authorised Version weakens the effect by rendering "it was driven back." (See Joshua 3:16.) The scene presented is of the "descending stream" (the words employed seem to have a special reference to that peculiar and most significant name of the "Jordan") not parted asunder, as we generally fancy, but, as the psalm expresses it, "turned backwards" (Stanley, Jewish Church, i. 229).

Verse 3. - The sea saw it, and fled. "The sea" is the Red Sea. It "looked," and saw God leading his people (Exodus 14:19-24), and then at once "fled," and left a dry channel as "a way for the ransomed to pass over." Jordan (literally, the Jordan) was driven back (comp. Joshua 3:13-17). These two marvels "marked respectively the beginning and the end of Israel's long journey" (Cheyne). They were parallel facts, and are naturally alluded to together (comp. Habakkuk 3:8). The sea saw it, and fled,.... When the Word of the Lord appeared at it, as the Targum in the king's Bible; the Red sea, to which the Israelites came when they went out of Egypt; this saw that Judah was the Lord's holy and peculiar people, and that Israel were the subjects of his kingdom; it saw the presence of the Lord among them; it saw him in the glory of his perfections, and felt his power; see Psalm 77:16, at which its waters fled and parted, and stood up as a wall to make way for Israel to pass through as on dry land, Exodus 14:21. This was typical of the nations of the Gentile world, comparable to the sea, Daniel 7:2, who saw the work of God going on among them under the ministry of the Gospel in the first times of it, whereby multitudes were turned from idols to serve the living God; this they saw and trembled at, and they and their kings fled for fear; see Isaiah 41:5, and of the stop put to the ocean of sin in a man's heart, and to the torrent of wickedness that breaks out from thence, by powerful and efficacious grace, much more abounding where sin has abounded.

Jordan was driven back; this was done not at the time of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, but just before their entrance into the land of Canaan, and in order to it; and being an event similar to the former is here mentioned, and done by the power and presence of God; for as soon as the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the Lord, the symbol of the divine Presence, were dipped in the brim of the waters, the waters below were cut off from those above, and stood up on an heap, and all the Israelites passed through on dry ground, Joshua 3:13, this was an emblem of death, through which the saints pass to glory, which is abolished by Christ, its sting and curse taken away; which when the saints come to, they find it like Jordan driven back, and have an easy and abundant passage through it; and when on the brink of it, and even in the midst of it, sing, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55. 114:1-8 An exhortation to fear God. - Let us acknowledge God's power and goodness in what he did for Israel, applying it to that much greater work of wonder, our redemption by Christ; and encourage ourselves and others to trust in God in the greatest straits. When Christ comes for the salvation of his people , he redeems them from the power of sin and Satan, separates them from an ungodly world, forms them to be his people, and becomes their King. There is no sea, no Jordan, so deep, so broad, but, when God's time is come, it shall be divided and driven back. Apply this to the planting the Christian church in the world. What ailed Satan and his idolatries, that they trembled as they did? But especially apply it to the work of grace in the heart. What turns the stream in a regenerate soul? What affects the lusts and corruptions, that they fly back; that prejudices are removed, and the whole man becomes new? It is at the presence of God's Spirit. At the presence of the Lord, not only mountains, but the earth itself may well tremble, since it has lain under a curse for man's sin. As the Israelites were protected, so they were provided for by miracles; such was that fountain of waters into which the flinty rock was turned, and that rock was Christ. The Son of God, the Rock of ages, gave himself to death, to open a fountain to wash away sins, and to supply believers with waters of life and consolation; and they need not fear that any blessing is too great to expect from his love. But let sinners fear before their just and holy Judge. Let us now prepare to meet our God, that we may have boldness before him at his coming.
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