Psalm 124:2
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New International Version
if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us,

New Living Translation
What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us?

English Standard Version
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side when people rose up against us,

New American Standard Bible
"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side When men rose up against us,

King James Bible
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,

International Standard Version
if the LORD had not been on our side, when men came against us,

NET Bible
if the LORD had not been on our side, when men attacked us,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if it was not Lord Jehovah who stood for us when the children of men stood up against us,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the LORD had not been for us, when men rose up against us,

King James 2000 Bible
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

American King James Version
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

American Standard Version
If it had not been Jehovah who was on our side, When men rose up against us;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If it had not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up against us

Darby Bible Translation
If it had not been Jehovah who was for us, when men rose up against us,

English Revised Version
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

Webster's Bible Translation
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

World English Bible
if it had not been Yahweh who was on our side, when men rose up against us;

Young's Literal Translation
Save for Jehovah -- who hath been for us, In the rising up of man against us,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

124:1-5 God suffers the enemies of his people sometimes to prevail very far against them, that his power may be seen the more in their deliverance. Happy the people whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Besides applying this to any particular deliverance wrought in our days and the ancient times, we should have in our thoughts the great work of redemption by Jesus Christ, by which believers were rescued from Satan.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us. The "rising" intended may have been that of Saul and his aiders and abettors, or that of the Ammonites and Syrians (2 Samuel 10:6-8), or that of Absalom and his partisans (2 Samuel 15:2-13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,.... This he repeats both for the confirmation of it, and to excite the attention of the Israelites to it; as well as to observe that it was not once only, but again and again, many times the Lord appeared to be on their side. The Targum renders it,

"the Word of the Lord;''

the essential Word, the Son of God; and so in Psalm 123:1, in the king's Bible;

when men rose up against us; wicked men; though no hard epithet is given in the text, however just. The enemies of God's people are only called "men" by them, to show their meekness and patience; it is in the singular number, "when man rose up"; hence Aroma interprets it of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and R. Obadiah of Haman: but it might be better interpreted of the man of sin, the man of the earth; who, at the head of his antichristian party, has rose up against the saints, oppressed them, and threatened them with utter ruin, 2 Thessalonians 2:4. Though it is best to understand it of a body of men; of men not mean, but mighty; not few, but numerous; and who united as one man against the people of God, and rose up against them in an hostile manner; being full of enmity to them, and bent upon their ruin.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. rose … against, &c.—(Ps 3:1; 56:11).

Psalm 124:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Our Help is in the Name of the Lord
1A Song of Ascents, of David. "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say, 2"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side When men rose up against us, 3Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;…
Cross References
Psalm 94:17
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

Psalm 124:1
A song of ascents. Of David. If the LORD had not been on our side-- let Israel say--

Psalm 124:3
they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;

Jeremiah 51:55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
Treasury of Scripture

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

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Psalm 21:1,2 The king shall joy in your strength, O LORD; and in your salvation …

Psalm 3:1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that …

Psalm 22:12,13,16 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round…

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Numbers 16:2,3 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, …

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