New International Version
the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,
King James Bible
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
Darby Bible Translation
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, a torrent had gone over our soul;
World English Bible
then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul;
Young's Literal Translation
Then the waters had overflowed us, The stream passed over our soul,
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CommentaryClarke'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.
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[Psalm 124] 8,6,8,6,8,8,7 Wo Gott der Herr nicht zu uns hält 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
why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.
I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.
Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
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