Psalm 114 – “Historical Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist recalls the exodus in hymnic fashion.

II. Photo
Nature is in awe of God’s people: “Mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep!” (v. 4)

III. Select Verses    
(The entire psalm)
1-8:  When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,  Judah became His holy one, Israel, His dominion.  The sea saw them and fled, Jordan ran backward,  mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep.  What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled, Jordan, that you ran backward,  mountains, that you skipped like rams, hills, like sheep? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the God of Jacob,  who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flinty rock into a fountain.

IV. Outline
1-8. Historical hymn

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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