Psalm 114:5
New International Version
Why was it, sea, that you fled? Why, Jordan, did you turn back?

New Living Translation
What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way? What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?

English Standard Version
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

Berean Study Bible
Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back,

New American Standard Bible
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

New King James Version
What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?

King James Bible
What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

Christian Standard Bible
Why was it, sea, that you fled? Jordan, that you turned back?

Contemporary English Version
Ask the sea why it ran away or ask the Jordan why it flowed upstream.

Good News Translation
What happened, Sea, to make you run away? And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why was it, sea, that you fled? Jordan, that you turned back?

International Standard Version
What happened to you, sea, that you fled? Jordan, that you ran backwards?

NET Bible
Why do you flee, O sea? Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?

New Heart English Bible
What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What happened to you, oh Sea, that you have fled, and Jordan, that you turned your behind?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Red Sea, why did you run away? Jordan River, what made you turn back?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest? Thou Jordan, that thou turnest backward?

New American Standard 1977
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What came upon thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee? And thou O Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

King James 2000 Bible
What ailed you, O you sea, that you fled? you Jordan, that you were driven back?

American King James Version
What ailed you, O you sea, that you fled? you Jordan, that you were driven back?

American Standard Version
What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest? Thou Jordan, that thou turnest back?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What ailed thee, O sea, that thou fleddest? and thou Jordan, that thou wast turned back?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee: and thou, O Jordan, that thou wast turned back?

Darby Bible Translation
What ailed thee, thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou turnedst back?

English Revised Version
What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest? thou Jordan, that thou turnest back?

Webster's Bible Translation
What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

World English Bible
What was it, you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you turned back?

Young's Literal Translation
What -- to thee, O sea, that thou fleest? O Jordan, thou turnest back!
Study Bible
Tremble at the Presence of the LORD
4the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. 5Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back, 6O mountains, that you skipped like rams, O hills, like lambs?…
Cross References
Exodus 14:21
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove back the sea with a strong east wind that turned it into dry land. So the waters were divided,

Joshua 3:16
the flowing water stood still. It backed up as far upstream as Adam, a city in the area of Zarethan, while the water flowing toward the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

Psalm 114:6
O mountains, that you skipped like rams, O hills, like lambs?

Habakkuk 3:8
Were You angry at the rivers, O LORD? Was Your wrath against the streams? Did You rage against the sea when You rode on Your horses, on Your chariots of salvation?

Treasury of Scripture

What ailed you, O you sea, that you fled? you Jordan, that you were driven back?

Jeremiah 47:6,7
O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still…

Habakkuk 3:8
Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?







Lexicon
Why was it,
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

O sea,
הַ֭יָּם (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

that
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you fled,
תָנ֑וּס (ṯā·nūs)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5127: To flit, vanish away

O Jordan,
הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן (hay·yar·dên)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3383: Jordan -- the principal river of Palestine

that you turned
תִּסֹּ֥ב (tis·sōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

back,
לְאָחֽוֹר׃ (lə·’ā·ḥō·wr)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 268: The hinder part, behind, backward, the West
Verses 5, 6. - What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou filledest thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back t. ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? Most poetically, the psalmist apostrophizes the sea, the Jordan, the mountains, and the lesser hills, inquiring of them for what reason they had forsaken their nature and done such strange things; or rather, addressing them as present, and as if the scenes were being enacted before his eyes, and asking why they are so strangely employed - what is causing the commotion and disturbance (see the Revised Version, where the present tense is used throughout the two verses). 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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