Translation and Transliteration of
Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:
1When Yisrael went forth from Egypt, the house of Yaakov from a people of strange speech,
b'-tze-TET yis-ra-AYL mi-mitz-RA-yim, BAYT ya-a-KOV may-AM lo-EZ
אבְּצֵ֣את יִ֭שְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם בֵּ֥ית יַ֝עֲקֹ֗ב מֵעַ֥ם לֹעֵֽז׃
2Yehuda became His holy one, Yisrael, His dominion.
ha-Y'-ta y'-hu-DAH l'-ko-D'-sho, yis-ra-AYL mam-sh'-lo-TAV
בהָיְתָ֣ה יְהוּדָ֣ה לְקׇדְשׁ֑וֹ יִ֝שְׂרָאֵ֗ל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָֽיו׃
3The sea saw them and fled, Yarden ran backward,
ha-YAM ra-AH va-ya-NOS ha-YAR-den yi-SOV l'-a-KHOR
גהַיָּ֣ם רָ֭אָה וַיָּנֹ֑ס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן יִסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃
4mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep.
he-ha-RIM ra-K'-du k'-ei-LIM, g'-va-OT kiv-NEI tzo-AN
דהֶ֭הָרִים רָקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃
5What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled, Yarden, that you ran backward,
mah-le-KHA ha-YAM ki-ta-NOOS ha-YAR-den ti-SOV l'-a-KHOR
המַה־לְּךָ֣ הַ֭יָּם כִּ֣י תָנ֑וּס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן תִּסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃
6mountains, that you skipped like rams, hills, like sheep?
he-ha-RIM tir-ke-DU k'-ei-LIM, g'-va-OT kiv-NEI tzo-AN
והֶ֭הָרִים תִּרְקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃
7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of Hashem, at the presence of the God of Yaakov,
mi-lif-NEI a-DON khu-LEE a-RETZ mi-lif-NEI e-LO-a ya-a-KOV
זמִלִּפְנֵ֣י אָ֭דוֹן ח֣וּלִי אָ֑רֶץ מִ֝לִּפְנֵ֗י אֱל֣וֹהַּ יַעֲקֹֽב׃
8who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flinty rock into a fountain.
ha-ho-f'-KHEE ha-TZUR a-gam MA-yim kha-la-MEESH l'-ma-y'-no MA-yim
חהַהֹפְכִ֣י הַצּ֣וּר אֲגַם־מָ֑יִם חַ֝לָּמִ֗ישׁ לְמַעְיְנוֹ־מָֽיִם׃
114:8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water
This verse describes the great strength of Hashem, Who can produce water from a rock. The Hebrew word for ‘the rock,’ ha-tzur (הצור), alludes to something that is unmoving or stubborn. Yet if read backwards, the word becomes rotzeh (רוצה) which means ‘want’ or ‘willing.’ Just as a rock can be turned into water, so too, obstinacy can be turned into willingness. And no matter how far a person is from God, he or she can always come closer. Additionally, Tzur is one of the Bible’s names for the Almighty Himself. Hashem’s protection and kindness are as solid and unchanging as a rock.