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

King James Bible
A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees. Of David.} If it had not been Jehovah who was for us -- oh let Israel say --

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

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents, by David. Save for Jehovah -- who hath been for us, (Pray, let Israel say),

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A Song. It is uncertain what the particular deliverance was which is celebrated in this Psalm. Some refer it to the deliverance of the Hezekiah from Sennacherib; and others to the return from the Babylonian captivity; while Dr. A. Clarke refers it to that of the Jews from the massacre intended by Haman.

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

Psalm 134:1 Behold, bless you the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

The Lord

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 46:7,11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah...

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

Psalm 56:9 When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

Psalm 118:6,7 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me...

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing to the LORD...

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves...

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Hebrews 13:5,6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you...

now may

Psalm 129:1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

[Psalm 124] 8,6,8,6,8,8,7 Wo Gott der Herr nicht zu uns hält [48]Justus Jonas trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1869 If God were not upon our side When foes around us rage, Were not Himself our Help and Guide When bitter war they wage, Were He not Israel's mighty Shield, To whom their utmost crafts must yield, We surely must have perished. But now no human wit or might Should make us quail for fear, God sitteth in the highest height, And makes their counsels clear; When craftiest snares and nets
Catherine Winkworth—Christian Singers of Germany

Messiah Rising from the Dead
For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. T hat the Gospel is a divine revelation may be summarily proved from the character of its Author. If an infidel was so far divested of prejudice and prepossession, as to read the history of Jesus Christ, recorded by the Evangelists, with attention, and in order to form his judgment of it, simply and candidly, as evidence should appear; I think he must observe many particulars in his spirit and conduct,
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Psalm 94:17
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

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

Psalm 129:1
A song of ascents. "They have greatly oppressed me from my youth," let Israel say;

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