Psalm 77:16
New International Version
The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.

New Living Translation
When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths.

English Standard Version
When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.

Berean Study Bible
The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You and swirled; even the depths were shaken.

King James Bible
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

New King James Version
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.

New American Standard Bible
The waters saw You, God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The ocean depths also trembled.

NASB 1995
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.

NASB 1977
The waters saw Thee, O God; The waters saw Thee, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.

Amplified Bible
The waters [of the Red Sea] saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.

Christian Standard Bible
The water saw you, God. The water saw you; it trembled. Even the depths shook.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The waters saw You, God. The waters saw You; they trembled. Even the depths shook.

American Standard Version
The waters saw thee, O God; The waters saw thee, they were afraid: The depths also trembled.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The waters saw you, oh, God, the waters saw you and they feared and even the depths shook!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and feared; and the depths were troubled.

Contemporary English Version
The ocean looked at you, God, and it trembled deep down with fear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee: and they were afraid, and the depths were troubled.

English Revised Version
The waters saw thee, O God; the waters saw thee, they were afraid: the depths also trembled.

Good News Translation
When the waters saw you, O God, they were afraid, and the depths of the sea trembled.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The water saw you, O God. The water saw you and shook. Even the depths of the sea trembled.

International Standard Version
The waters saw you, God; the waters saw you and writhed. Indeed, the depths of the sea quaked.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The waters saw Thee, O God; The waters saw Thee, they were in pain; The depths also trembled.

Literal Standard Version
The waters have seen You, O God, The waters have seen You, They are afraid—also depths are troubled.

NET Bible
The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and trembled. Yes, the depths of the sea shook with fear.

New Heart English Bible
The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.

World English Bible
The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.

Young's Literal Translation
The waters have seen Thee, O God, The waters have seen Thee, They are afraid -- also depths are troubled.

Additional Translations ...
Context
In The Day of Trouble I Sought the LORD
15With power You redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You and swirled; even the depths were shaken. 17The clouds poured down water; the skies resounded with thunder; Your arrows flashed back and forth.…

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,

Psalm 114:3
The sea observed and fled; the Jordan turned back;

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?

Habakkuk 3:10
The mountains saw You and quaked; torrents of water swept by. The deep roared with its voice and lifted its hands on high.


Treasury of Scripture

The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

Psalm 114:3-6
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back…

Exodus 14:21
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

Joshua 3:15,16
And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) …









(16-20) The prominence given to Joseph is a feature common to the Asaphic psalm. With this magnificent lyric of the passage of the Red Sea comp. Habakkuk 3:10-11. The narrative in Exodus says nothing of a storm, but Josephus has preserved the tradition (Ant., 2:16. 3). Philo also mentions the storm.

(16) The waters saw thee.--Possibly alluding to the "look" which troubled the Egyptians (Exodus 14:24).

Were afraid.--Better, writhed, as in travail pains.

Went abroad--i.e., darted hither and thither. The arrows are the lightnings.

Verse 16. - The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee. Professor Cheyne regards this and the three following verses as not belonging properly to this psalm, but a "fragment of another," accidentally transferred to this place. But most commentators see in the passage a most essential portion of the poem. It is the thought of the deliverance from Egypt that especially sustains and comforts the psalmist in his extreme distress. The passage is prepared for by vers. 11 and 14, and is exegetical of ver. 15. They were afraid. They shrank from the sight of God, and made a way for his people to pass over. The depths also were troubled. The very abysses trembled with fear, and moved themselves, leaving the bottom of the sea dry (see Exodus 14:29).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The waters
מַּ֨יִם ׀ (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

saw You,
רָ֘א֤וּךָ (rā·’ū·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

O God;
אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים (’ĕlō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

the waters
מַּ֣יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

saw You
רָא֣וּךָ (rā·’ū·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

and swirled;
יָחִ֑ילוּ (yā·ḥî·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert

even
אַ֝֗ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

the depths
תְהֹמֽוֹת׃ (ṯə·hō·mō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 8415: An abyss, the deep

were shaken.
יִרְגְּז֥וּ (yir·gə·zū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7264: To be agitated, quiver, quake, be excited, perturbed


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