New American Standard Bible
The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back.
King James Bible
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
Darby Bible Translation
The sea saw it and fled, the Jordan turned back;
World English Bible
The sea saw it, and fled. The Jordan was driven back.
Young's Literal Translation
The sea hath seen, and fleeth, The Jordan turneth backward.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The sea saw it - The word it is supplied, not very properly, by our translators. It would be more expressive to say, "The sea saw:" that is, The sea - (the Red Sea) - saw the mighty movement - the marshalled hosts - the moving masses - the cattle - the pursuing enemies - the commotion - the agitation - on its usually quiet shores. We are to conceive of the usual calmness of the desert - the waste and lonely solitudes on the banks of the Red Sea - and then all this suddenly broken in upon by vast hosts of men, women, children, and cattle, fleeing in consternation, followed by the embattled strength of Egypt - all rolling on tumultuously to the shore. No wonder that the sea is represented as astonished at this unusual spectacle, and as fleeing in dismay.
And fled - As if affrighted at the approach of such an host, coming so suddenly upon its shores.
Jordan was driven back - Referring to the dividing of the waters of the Jordan when the children of Israel passed over to the promised land. Joshua 3:13-17. They also seemed astonished at the approach of the Hebrews, and retired to make a way for them to pass over.
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Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.
"It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap."
the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho.
He turned the sea into dry land; They passed through the river on foot; There let us rejoice in Him!
You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams.
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.
Did the LORD rage against the rivers, Or was Your anger against the rivers, Or was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, On Your chariots of salvation?
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