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Psalm 124 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

124 The people of God, escaping a great peril, do acknowledge themselves to be delivered, not by their own force, but by the power of God. 4 They declare the greatness of the peril. 6 And praise the Name of God.

A song of degrees, or Psalm of David.

If the Lord had not been [a]on our side, (may Israel now say)

If the Lord had [not] been on our side, when men rose up against us,

They had then swallowed us up [b]quick, when their wrath was kindled against us.

Then the [c]waters had drowned us, and the stream had gone over our soul:

Then had the swelling waters gone over our soul.

Praised be the Lord, which hath not given us as a prey unto their teeth.

Our soul is escaped, even as a bird out of the [d]snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are delivered.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord, which hath made heaven and earth.


  1. Psalm 124:1 He showeth that God was ready to help at need, and that there was none other way to be saved, but by his only means.
  2. Psalm 124:3 So unable were we to resist.
  3. Psalm 124:4 He useth most proper similitudes to express the great danger that the Church was in, and out of the which God miraculously delivered them.
  4. Psalm 124:7 For the wicked did not only furiously rage against the faithful, but craftily imagined to destroy them.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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Psalm 124 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say
if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

New International Version (NIV)

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