Psalm 124

1    If the Lord himself had not been on our side,  

now may Israel say;

2    If the Lord had not been on our side,  

when enemies rose up against us;

3    Then would they have swallowed us alive  

when their anger burned against us;

4    Then would the waters have overwhelmed us

    and the torrent gone over our soul;  

over our soul would have swept the raging waters.

   But blessed be the Lord  

who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

6    Our soul has escaped

    as a bird from the snare of the fowler;  

the snare is broken and we are delivered.

7    Our help is in the name of the Lord,  

who has made heaven and earth.


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