New International Version
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams, you hills, like lambs?
King James Bible
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?
Darby Bible Translation
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams? ye hills, like lambs?
World English Bible
You mountains, that you skipped like rams; you little hills, like lambs?
Young's Literal Translation
O mountains, ye skip as rams! O heights, as sons of a flock!
Psalm 114:6 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What ailed thee, O thou sea - The original is very abrupt; and the prosopopoeia, or personification very fine and expressive: -
What to thee, O sea, that thou fleddest away!
O Jordan, that thou didst roll back!
Ye mountains, that ye leaped like rams!
And ye hills, like the young of the fold!
After these very sublime interrogations, God appears; and the psalmist proceeds as if answering his own questions: -
At the appearance of the Lord, O earth, thou didst tremble;
At the appearance of the strong God of Jacob.
Converting the rock into a pool of waters;
The granite into water springs.
I know the present Hebrew text reads חולי chuli, "tremble thou," in the imperative; but almost all the Versions understood the word in past tense, and read as if the psalmist was answering his own questions, as stated in the translation above. "Tremble thou, O earth." As if he had said, Thou mayest well tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.
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LibraryFebruary the Third Transforming the Hard Heart
The Lord "turned the flint into a fountain of waters." --PSALM cxiv. What a violent conjunction, the flint becoming the birthplace of a spring! And yet this is happening every day. Men who are as "hard as flint," whose hearts are "like the nether millstone," become springs of gentleness and fountains of exquisite compassion. Beautiful graces, like lovely ferns, grow in the home of severities, and transform the grim, stern soul into a garden of fragrant friendships. This is what Zacchaeus was like …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
Why was it, sea, that you fled? Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
"What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!'"
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