When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth;
Or who shut up the sea with doors, When it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb;When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling- band for it,And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors,And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Fear ye not me? saith Jehovah: will ye not tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it? and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: He layeth up the deeps in store- houses.
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a vesture; The waters stood above the mountains.At thy rebuke they fled; At the voice of thy thunder they hasted away( The mountains rose, the valleys sank down) Unto the place which thou hadst founded for them.Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; That they turn not again to cover the earth.
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my lovingkindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, saith Jehovah that hath mercy on thee.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.