Scripture Verse

When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language…The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. Psalm 114:1,3


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 307.

Music: Ab­schied Wen­zel Müll­er, 1828 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Vom Him­mel hoch from Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc)
Wenzel Müller (1767–1835)


When Is­ra­el out of Egypt went,
From people of a speech un­known,
The Lord among His peo­ple dwelt,
And there He set his roy­al throne.

The sea be­held and fled away,
The Jor­dan’s waters back­ward turned,
The lof­ty mount­ains and the hills
With trem­bling awe our God dis­cerned.

What ail­eth thee, O trou­bled sea?
Thou Jor­dan, why thy riv­en tide?
Ye mount­ains and ye lit­tle hills,
Why thus dis­mayed on ev­ery side?

O trem­ble, earth, be­fore the Lord,
In pre­sence of Je­ho­vah fear,
Beneath whose touch the flin­ty rock
Became a fount of wa­ter clear.

The River Nile with the Gizeh Pyramids
Otto J. H. Heyden (1820–1897)