Psalms 114


בְּצֵאת יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם בֵּית יַעֲקֹב מֵעַם לֹעֵז׃   114:1

Psal. 114:1   With the exodus of Israel from Egypt of the house of Jacob,

                               out of a people of unintelligible speech,

הָיְתָה יְהוּדָה לְקָדְשֹׁו יִשְׂרָאֵל מַמְשְׁלֹותָיו׃   114:2

Psal. 114:2   Judah became His sanctified,

                                 Israel His realms.

Marvelous!  What do these two verses reveal?  Can you see what they say?  Here it is:  When Israel left Egypt, the language the Hebrews knew and spoke was Egyptian!  They probably knew little or no Hebrew.  What a miraculous occasion!  The rest of this psalm appropriately expresses the joy that the world might have experienced as the result of this momentous development.

הַיָּם רָאָה וַיָּנֹס הַיַּרְדֵּן יִסֹּב לְאָחֹור׃   114:3

Psal. 114:3   The sea saw and fled,

                                 the Jordan could have turned backward.

הֶהָרִים רָקְדוּ כְאֵילִים גְּבָעֹות כִּבְנֵי־צֹאן׃   114:4

Psal. 114:4   The mountains jumped like rams,

                                 the hills like the young of sheep.

מַה־לְּךָ הַיָּם כִּי תָנוּס הַיַּרְדֵּן תִּסֹּב לְאָחֹור׃   114:5

Psal. 114:5   What is it to you, the sea, that you must flee,

                                 the Jordan, you would turn backward,

הֶהָרִים תִּרְקְדוּ כְאֵילִים גְּבָעֹות כִּבְנֵי־צֹאן׃   114:6

Psal. 114:6   the mountains, you must jump like rams,

                                 the hills, like the young of sheep?

מִלִּפְנֵי אָדֹון חוּלִי אָרֶץ מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלֹוהַּ יַעֲקֹב׃   114:7

Psal. 114:7   Tremble, earth, because of the presence of the Master,

                                 because of the presence of the God of Jacob,

הַהֹפְכִי הַצּוּר אֲגַם־מָיִם חַלָּמִישׁ לְמַעְיְנֹו־מָיִם׃   114:8

Psal. 114:8   the Transformer of the rock (a pool of water),

                                 of the flint to springs of water.


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