Psalm 46:3
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

Berean Study Bible
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake in the surge. 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.

Christian Standard Bible
though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah

Contemporary English Version
Let the ocean roar and foam, and its raging waves shake the mountains.

Good News Translation
even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Their waters have roared and been troubled, the mountains have been troubled by his might. Pause.

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 is transformed and the mountains are toppled into the depths of the seas, 3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake in the surge. Selah 4There is a river whose streams delight the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.…
Cross References
Psalm 93:3
The floodwaters have risen, O LORD, the rivers have raised their voice; the seas lift up their pounding waves.

Psalm 93:4
Above the roar of many waters--the mighty breakers of the sea--the LORD on high is majestic.

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear Me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before Me, the One who set the sand as the boundary of the sea, an enduring barrier it cannot cross? The waves surge, but they cannot prevail. They roar but cannot cross 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 voice; the floods lift up their waves…

Job 38:11
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

mountains

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

Judges 5:4,5
LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water…

1 Kings 19:11
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:







Lexicon
though its waters
מֵימָ֑יו (mê·māw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

roar
יֶהֱמ֣וּ (ye·hĕ·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1993: To make a, loud sound, commotion, tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor

and foam
יֶחְמְר֣וּ (yeḥ·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2560: To boil up, to ferment, to glow, to smear with pitch

and the mountains
הָרִ֖ים (hā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

quake
יִֽרְעֲשֽׁוּ־ (yir·‘ă·šū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7493: To undulate, through fear, to spring

in the surge.
בְּגַאֲוָת֣וֹ (bə·ḡa·’ă·wā·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1346: Arrogance, majesty, ornament

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(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). 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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