After Israel left Egypt, the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him, Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way; River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams, the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What's wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away? and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams? and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You're in the Lord's presence! in the presence of Jacob's God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water, turned flint into fresh spring water.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)