Psalm 46:3
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New International Version
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

New Living Translation
Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude

English Standard Version
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

New American Standard Bible
Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

King James Bible
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah

International Standard Version
when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains tremble despite their pride. Interlude

NET Bible
when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their waters shall be troubled and return and the mountains will be moved by his strength.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Water roars and foams, and mountains shake at the surging waves. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though the waters thereof roar and foam, Though the mountains shake at the swelling thereof. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Though its waters roar and foam,
            Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the violence thereof. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

American King James Version
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

American Standard Version
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Their waters roared and were troubled: the mountains were troubled with his strength.

Darby Bible Translation
Though the waters thereof roar [and] foam, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

English Revised Version
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Though its waters shall roar and be disturbed, though the mountains shake with the swelling of it. Selah.

World English Bible
though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Roar -- troubled are its waters, Mountains they shake in its pride. Selah.
Study Bible
God is Our Refuge and Strength
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. 4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.…
Cross References
Psalm 93:3
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves.

Psalm 93:4
More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty.

Jeremiah 5:22
'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
Treasury of Scripture

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

the waters

Psalm 18:4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

Psalm 93:3,4 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their …

Job 38:11 And said, Till now shall you come, but no further: and here shall …

Isaiah 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray …

Isaiah 17:12,13 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the …

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, …

Revelation 17:15 And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, …

mountains

Psalm 114:4-7 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs…

Judges 5:4,5 LORD, when you went out of Seir, when you marched out of the field …

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand on the mount before the LORD. And, …

Job 9:5,6 Which removes the mountains, and they know not: which overturns them …

Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, see, they trembled, and all the hills …

Micah 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall …

Nahum 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

Revelation 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

(3) Though the waters . . .--The original is very expressive in its conciseness:

"They roar, they foam, its waters."

Comp. Homer's equally concise description, including in three words the "rush," the "swell," and the "roar" of ocean (Iliad, xxiii. 230).

Swelling.--Or, pride. (Comp. Job 38:11.) The change in construction in this verse seems to confirm the suspicion that the refrain has dropped away.

Verse 3. - Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled; or, roar and foam (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne). Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof (comp. Psalm 93:3, 4; Jeremiah 46:8, 9; Jeremiah 47:2). Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,.... The noise of which causes men's hearts to fail them for fear, Luke 21:25;

though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. All these figurative expressions denote the hurlyburlies, confusions, and disorders that have been or will be in the world; amidst all which the people of God have no reason to fear; for it is always well with the righteous, let it go how it will with others. The passage may be applied to the destruction of Jerusalem, and the wars preceding it, and the dispersion of the Jews upon it; when true believers in Christ found him to be their refuge, strength, and help in that time of trouble, such as never was the like, and were safe and without fear; and Aben Ezra, a Jewish commentator, thinks it is right to interpret this psalm concerning the wars of Jerusalem: moreover, these words may be applied to any other time of calamity, through war or persecution, that has been since; as also to any that is to come; as to the slaying of the witnesses, the hour of temptation that will try all that are upon the earth; and even to the day of judgment, when heaven and earth shall flee away from the face of the Judge; when the heavens shall be folded up as a garment, and the earth, and all that is therein, shall be burnt up, and the whole world of the ungodly shall be thrown into the utmost panic, the saints will be safe with Christ, and ever happy with him; and, in the worst of times in this world, God is always their covenant God, their shield, portion, and exceeding great reward; Christ is their Redeemer and Saviour, their city of refuge, and strong hold; and though they may be plundered of their goods and property, they have a better and a more enduring substance in heaven; an estate, an inheritance there, that can never be taken away; and even should their enemies kill the body, that is the utmost they can do; their souls are safe in the hands of Christ; their life is hid with him; and when he shall appear, they shall appear with him in glory; and therefore they may well say, "we will not fear" (w).

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(w) "Si fractus illabatur orbis", &c. Horat. Carmin. l. 3. Ode. 3. v. 7. 3. swelling—well represents the pride and haughtiness of insolent foes.46:1-5 This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God's sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.
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