Psalm 77:19
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New International Version
Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

New Living Translation
Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters--a pathway no one knew was there!

English Standard Version
Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.

New American Standard Bible
Your way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known.

King James Bible
Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your way went through the sea and Your path through the great waters, but Your footprints were unseen.

International Standard Version
Your way was through the sea, and your path through mighty waters, but your footprints cannot be traced.

NET Bible
You walked through the sea; you passed through the surging waters, but left no footprints.

New Heart English Bible
Your way was through the sea; your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your path is in the sea and your steps in the many waters, neither are your footprints known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your road went through the sea. Your path went through raging water, but your footprints could not be seen.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy way was in the sea, And Thy path in the great waters, And Thy footsteps were not known.

New American Standard 1977
Thy way was in the sea,
            And Thy paths in the mighty waters,
            And Thy footprints may not be known.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy way was in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps were not known.

King James 2000 Bible
Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your footsteps are not known.

American King James Version
Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your footsteps are not known.

American Standard Version
Thy way was in the sea, And thy paths in the great waters, And thy footsteps were not known.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in many waters: and thy footsteps shall not be known.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths are in the great waters; and thy footsteps are not known.

English Revised Version
Thy way was in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters, and thy footsteps were not known.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

World English Bible
Your way was through the sea; your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

Young's Literal Translation
In the sea is Thy way, And Thy paths are in many waters, And Thy tracks have not been known.
Study Bible
In Distress, I Sought the Lord
18The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. 19Your way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known. 20You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.…
Cross References
Job 9:8
Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;

Psalm 36:6
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

Isaiah 43:16
Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea And a path through the mighty waters,

Isaiah 51:10
Was it not You who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; Who made the depths of the sea a pathway For the redeemed to cross over?

Daniel 4:3
"How great are His signs And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom And His dominion is from generation to generation.

Habakkuk 3:15
You trampled on the sea with Your horses, On the surge of many waters.
Treasury of Scripture

Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your footsteps are not known.

way

Psalm 29:10 The LORD sits on the flood; yes, the LORD sits King for ever.

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

Nehemiah 9:11 And you did divide the sea before them, so that they went through …

Nahum 1:3,4 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

Habakkuk 3:15 You did walk through the sea with your horses, through the heap of great waters.

footsteps

Exodus 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

(19) Are not known.--"We know not, they knew not, by what precise means the deliverance was wrought; we know not by what precise track through the gulf the passage was effected. We know not; we need not know. The obscuring, the mystery, here as elsewhere, was part of the lesson. . . . All that we see distinctly is, that through this dark and terrible night, with the enemy pressing close behind, and the driving sea on either side, He led His people like sheep by the hand of Moses and Aaron" (Stanley, Jewish Church, i. 128).

To some minds the abruptness of the conclusion of the psalm marks it as unfinished. But no better end could have been reached in the poet's perplexity than that to which he has been led by his musings on the past, the thought of the religious aids ready to his hand, in the faith and worship left by Moses and Aaron. We are reminded of him who recalled the thoughts of the young man, searching for a higher ideal of duty, back to the law and obedience. Or if the psalm is rather an expression of the feeling of the community than of an individual, there is a pointed significance in the conclusion given to all the national cries of doubt and despair--the one safe course was to remain loyal and true to the ancient institutions.

Verse 19. - Thy way is in the sea; rather, was in the sea. Thou wentest, i.e., in person before thy people in their passage across the dry bed of the Red Sea; truly there, though invisible (comp. Exodus 15:13; Psalm 78:52, 53; Psalm 106:9; Isaiah 63:13). And thy path in the great waters; literally, thy paths. So the Revised Version. And thy footsteps are not known; rather, were not. No one perceived thy presence, much less discerned thy footsteps. As in external nature and in the human heart, God worked secretly. Thy way is in the sea,.... In the sea of Suph, as the Targum, the Red sea; it was the Lord that made the way in the sea for the Israelites, and went before them, and led them through it:

and thy path in the great waters; because the word rendered path is written with yod, and is in the plural number, though the Masorites observe, that that letter is redundant, and so the word is singular; hence the Jews imagine there were more paths than one, even twelve, according to the number of the tribes, and which they think is intimated in Psalm 136:13,

and thy footsteps are not known; not by the Egyptians, who assayed to follow after the people of Israel with the Lord at the head of them, nor by any since; for the waters returned and covered the place on which the Israelites went as on dry ground; so that no footsteps or traces were to be seen at all ever since; and such are the ways God, many of them in providence as well as in grace, Romans 11:33, it may be rendered "thy heels", which made the footsteps or impressions; which latter being the works of God, may be seen and known, but not the former, he being invisible; so Gussetius (e) observes.

(e) Comment. Ebr. p. 633. 19. waters … , footsteps—may refer to His actual leading the people through the sea, though also expressing the mysteries of providence. 77:11-20 The remembrance of the works of God, will be a powerful remedy against distrust of his promise and goodness; for he is God, and changes not. God's way is in the sanctuary. We are sure that God is holy in all his works. God's ways are like the deep waters, which cannot be fathomed; like the way of a ship, which cannot be tracked. God brought Israel out of Egypt. This was typical of the great redemption to be wrought out in the fulness of time, both by price and power. If we have harboured doubtful thoughts, we should, without delay, turn our minds to meditate on that God, who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, that with him, he might freely give us all things.
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