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114. Psalm 114

1When Israel went forth out of Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

2Judah became his sanctuary,

Israel his dominion.

3The sea saw it, and fled;

The Jordan was driven back.

4The mountains skipped like rams,

The little hills like lambs.

5What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleest?

Thou Jordan, that thou turnest back?

6Ye mountains, that ye skip like rams;

Ye little hills, like lambs?

7Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the God of Jacob,

8Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of waters.

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Verses 21–31

The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.