The Psalms

Psalm 114

The miracles wrought by God when he brought his people out of Egypt are a just ground for fearing him, 1-8.

When Israel went out of Egypt,/
the house of Jacob from a people of a foreign language,

Judah was his sanctuary/
and Israel his dominion.

The sea saw it and fled./
The Jordan was driven back.

The mountains skipped like rams/
and the little hills like lambs.

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

O mountains, that you skipped like rams;/
O little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord,/
at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the rock into a standing water,/
the flint into a fountain of waters.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 114[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

This psalm contains a short account of that deliverance by which God, in bringing his people out of Egypt: and conducting them to the promised inheritance, gave a proof of his power and grace which ought to be held in everlasting remembrance. The design of that wonderful deliverance was, that the seed of Abraham might yield themselves wholly to God, who, receiving them by a gracious act of adoption, purposed that they should be to him a holy and peculiar people.