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:
Darby Bible Translation
If it had not been Jehovah who was for us, 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,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side - Repeating the idea, since the mind was full of it, and carrying the thought forward. This is one of the instances of an ascent of thought in these psalms, from which it has been supposed that the title "Songs of Degrees" was given to this collection. See, however, Introduction to Psalm 120:1-7.
When men rose up against us - When we were assailed by our enemies. On what occasion this occurred, it is now impossible to determine.
Q-7: WHAT ARE THE DECREES OF GOD? A: The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever shall come to pass. I have already spoken something concerning the decrees of God under the attribute of his immutability. God is unchangeable in his essence, and he-is unchangeable in his decrees; his counsel shall stand. He decrees the issue of all things, and carries them on to their accomplishment by his providence; I …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
A Song of Ascents, of David. "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say,
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;
For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters; The tumult of their voices sounds forth.
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