Rona Nadler continues her exploration of music for Hallel with this rendition of Psalm 114, “B’tseit Yisra’el” by Robbie Solomon of Safam. This joyful psalm describes the how the whole natural world was in awe of God’s power when the Israelites left Egypt, and contains such famous phrases as “The sea saw them and fled, Jordan ran backward; mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep.”

בְּצֵ֣את יִ֭שְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם בֵּ֥ית יַ֝עֲקֹ֗ב מֵעַ֥ם לֹעֵֽז׃

When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,

הָיְתָ֣ה יְהוּדָ֣ה לְקָדְשׁ֑וֹ יִ֝שְׂרָאֵ֗ל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָֽיו׃

Judah became His -holy one, Israel, His dominion.

הַיָּ֣ם רָ֭אָה וַיָּנֹ֑ס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן יִסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃

The sea saw them and fled, Jordan ran backward,

הֶֽ֭הָרִים רָקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃

mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep.

מַה־לְּךָ֣ הַ֭יָּם כִּ֣י תָנ֑וּס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן תִּסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃

What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled, Jordan, that you ran backward,

הֶֽ֭הָרִים תִּרְקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃

mountains, that you skipped like rams, hills, like sheep?

מִלִּפְנֵ֣י אָ֭דוֹן ח֣וּלִי אָ֑רֶץ מִ֝לִּפְנֵ֗י אֱל֣וֹהַּ יַעֲקֹֽב׃

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

הַהֹפְכִ֣י הַצּ֣וּר אֲגַם־מָ֑יִם חַ֝לָּמִ֗ישׁ לְמַעְיְנוֹ־מָֽיִם׃

who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flinty rock into a fountain.

Translation from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, Published by JPS