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Psalms 124:1

    Psalms 124:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If it had not been Jehovah who was on our side, Let Israel now say,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <A Song of the going up. Of David.> If it had not been the Lord who was on our side (let Israel now say);

    Webster's Revision

    If it had not been Jehovah who was on our side, Let Israel now say,

    World English Bible

    If it had not been Yahweh who was on our side, let Israel now say,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Song of Ascents; of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, let Israel now say;

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 124:1

    If it had not been the Lord - If God had not, in a very especial manner, supported and defended us, we had all been swallowed up alive, and destroyed by a sudden destruction, so that not one would have been left. This might refer to the plot against the whole nation of the Jews by Haman, in the days of Mordecai and Esther; when by his treacherous schemes the Jews, wheresoever dispersed in the provinces of Babylon, were all to have been put to death in one day. This may here be represented under the figure of an earthquake, when a chasm is formed, and a whole city and its inhabitants are in a moment swallowed up alive.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 124:1

    If it had not been the Lord who was on our side - Unless it was Yahweh who was with us. The idea is, that someone had been with them, and had delivered them, and that such was the nature of the interposition that it could be ascribed to no one but Yahweh. It bore unmistakeable evidence that it was his work. The deliverance was of such a kind that it could have been accomplished by him only. Such things often occur in life, when the intervention in our behalf is so remarkable that we can ascribe it to no one else but God.

    Now may Israel say - May well and truly say. The danger was so great, their helplessness was so manifest, and the deliverance was so clearly the work of God, that it was proper to say that if this had not occurred, ruin would have been inevitable and entire.