Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say(A)
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(B) would have engulfed us,
    the torrent(C) 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;(D)
the snare has been broken,(E)
    and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name(F) of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven(G) and earth.

But he said to me, “My grace(A) is sufficient for you, for my power(B) is made perfect in weakness.(C)(D) Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight(E) in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,(F) in persecutions,(G) in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.(H)

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Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters,(A) rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.(B) And the God of love(C) and peace(D) will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.(E) 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.(F)

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,(G) and the love of God,(H) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit(I) be with you all.

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