8 Then the earth rocked and quaked; the foundations of the mountains shook, rocked by His indignation;
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ח וַתִּגְעַשׁ וַתִּרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ וּמוֹסְדֵי הָרִים יִרְגָּזוּ וַיִּתְגָּעֲשׁוּ כִּי־חָרָה לוֹ׃
18:8 Then the earth rocked and quaked
David sings a song of gratitude to Hashem after defeating his enemies. Sometimes God’s support appears in the form of a “a soft murmuring sound” (I Kings 19:12); other times it “rocked and quaked” the very foundations of the world. In Israel over the centuries there have been many quakes which shook the earth. The Dead Sea, for example, is a result of a cataclysmic rift in the earth’s crust, a result of the tectonic plates shifting under the surface. This shift produced mountain ranges and volcanoes in the Golan Heights, as well as deep fissures, one of which is filled with the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.