When Israel left Egypt, the house of Jacob left a people of a strange tongue, Judah became His holy nation, Israel His dominion. The sea saw and fled; the Jordan turned backward. The mountains danced like rams, hills like young sheep. What frightens you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn backward? You mountains, that you dance like rams; you hills, like young sheep? From before the Master, Who created the earth, from before the God of Jacob, Who transforms the rock into a pond of water, the flint into a fountain of water.