New American Standard Bible
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
King James Bible
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Darby Bible Translation
Therefore will we not fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the heart of the seas;
World English Bible
Therefore we won't be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas;
Young's Literal Translation
Therefore we fear not in the changing of earth, And in the slipping of mountains Into the heart of the seas.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Though the earth be removed - literally, "in the changing of the earth;" that is, though the earth should be changed. This may either mean, Though the earth should change its place or its very structure in these convulsions; or, though it should perish altogether. Compare Psalm 102:26. The idea is, that they would not be afraid, though the convulsions then occurring in the world should be continued, and should be extended so far as to destroy the very earth itself. God would remain their friend and protector, and they would have nothing to fear.
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea - Margin, as in Hebrew, "into the heart of the seas." This may either be understood literally, as implying that they would "not" be afraid though the mountains, the most fixed and firm things of earth, should be uprooted and sunk in the ocean - implying that nothing earthly was stable; or, the mountains here may be referred to as emblems of that which seemed to be most settled and established on earth - the kingdoms of the world. The idea is, that in any convulsion - any change - any threatened danger - they would place confidence in God, who ruled over all, and who could not change. It will be seen at once that this entire description of trust and confidence in God is applicable to the time of Hezekiah, and to the feelings which he manifested when the land was invaded by the hosts of Sennacherib, and when wars and commotions were abroad among the kingdoms of the earth. See the introduction to the psalm. It was, also, eminently suited to console the mind in the circumstances to which Luther so often applied the psalm - the agitations, convulsions, wars, dangers in Europe, in the time of the Reformation. It is suited to any time of trouble, when commotions and revolutions are occurring in the earth, and when everything sacred, true, and valuable seems to be in danger.
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"Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear.
Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.
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