Psalm 124:6
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English Standard Version
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth!

King James Bible
Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

American Standard Version
Blessed be Jehovah, Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us to be a prey to their teeth.

English Revised Version
Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The second strophe takes up the "be gracious unto us" as it were in echo. It begins with a Kyrie eleison, which is confirmed in a crescendo manner after the form of steps. The church is already abundantly satiated with ignominy. רב is an abstract "much," and רבּה, Psalm 62:3, something great (vid., Bצttcher, Lehrbuch, ֗624). The subjectivizing, intensive להּ accords with Psalm 120:6 - probably an indication of one and the same author. בּוּז is strengthened by לעג, like בּז in Ezekiel 36:4. The article of הלּעג is restrospectively demonstrative: full of such scorn of the haughty (Ew. ֗290, d). הבּוּז is also retrospectively demonstrative; but since a repetition of the article for the fourth time would have been inelegant, the poet here says לגאיונים with the Lamed, which serves as a circumlocution of the genitive. The Masora reckons this word among the fifteen "words that are written as one and are to be read as two." The Kerמ runs viz., לגאי יונים, superbis oppressorum (יונים, part. Kal, like היּונה Zephaniah 3:1, and frequently). But apart from the consideration that instead of גּאי, from the unknown גּאה, it might more readily be pointed גּאי, from גּאה (a form of nouns indicating defects, contracted גּא), this genitival construction appears to be far-fetched, and, inasmuch as it makes a distinction among the oppressors, inappropriate. The poet surely meant לגאיונים or לגּאיונים. This word גּאיון (after the form רעיון, אביון, עליון) is perhaps an intentional new formation of the poet. Saadia interprets it after the Talmudic לגיון, legio; but how could one expect to find such a Grecized Latin word (λεγεών) in the Psalter! dunash ben-Labrat (about 960) regards גאיונים as a compound word in the signification of הגּאים היונים. In fact the poet may have chosen the otherwise unused adjectival form גּאיונים because it reminds one of יונים, although it is not a compound word like דּביונים. If the Psalm is a Maccabaean Psalm, it is natural to find in לגאיונים an allusion to the despotic domination of the יונים.

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Psalm 17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

Psalm 118:13 You have thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

Psalm 145:5,6 I will speak of the glorious honor of your majesty, and of your wondrous works...

Exodus 15:9,10 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied on them; I will draw my sword...

Judges 5:30,31 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colors...

1 Samuel 26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea...

Isaiah 10:14-19 And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathers eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth...

Cross References
Psalm 27:2
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.

Proverbs 30:14
There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.

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