Psalms 114
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1  When Yisrael came forth out of Mitzrayim, the house of Yaakov from a people of strange language;

א  בְּצֵאת יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם בֵּית יַעֲקֹב מֵעַם לֹעֵז.

2  Yehuda became His sanctuary, Yisrael His dominion.

ב  הָיְתָה יְהוּדָה לְקָדְשׁוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָיו.

3  The sea saw it, and fled; the Jordan turned backward.

ג  הַיָּם רָאָה וַיָּנֹס הַיַּרְדֵּן יִסֹּב לְאָחוֹר.

4  The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like young sheep.

ד  הֶהָרִים רָקְדוּ כְאֵילִים גְּבָעוֹת כִּבְנֵי צֹאן.

5  What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest? thou Jordan, that thou turnest backward?

ה  מַה לְּךָ הַיָּם כִּי תָנוּס הַיַּרְדֵּן תִּסֹּב לְאָחוֹר.

6  Ye mountains, that ye skip like rams; ye hills, like young sheep?

ו  הֶהָרִים תִּרְקְדוּ כְאֵילִים גְּבָעוֹת כִּבְנֵי צֹאן.

7  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Yaakov;

ז  מִלִּפְנֵי אָדוֹן חוּלִי אָרֶץ מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלוֹהַּ יַעֲקֹב.

8  Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

ha-ho-f’-KHEE ha-TZUR a-GAM MA-yim kha-la-MEESH l’-ma-y’-NO MA-yim

ח  הַהֹפְכִי הַצּוּר אֲגַם מָיִם חַלָּמִישׁ לְמַעְיְנוֹ מָיִם.

114:8   Who turned the rock into a pool of water

This verse describes the great strength of God who is able to 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 willing. Just as a rock can be turned into water, so can obstinacy 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. God’s protection and kindness are as solid and eternal as a rock.

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