Psalm 124:2
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,

Berean Study Bible
if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
"The LORD was on our side! Otherwise, the enemy attack

Good News Translation
"If the LORD had not been on our side when our enemies attacked 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,

New Heart English Bible
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against 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,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If it had not been the LORD who was for us, When men rose up against us,

New American Standard 1977
“Had it not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against 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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
if it had not been that the Lord was among us, 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,
Study Bible
Our Help is in the Name of the LORD
1A Song of Ascents. Of David. If the LORD had not been on our side—let Israel now declare— 2if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us, 3when their anger flared against us, then they would have swallowed us alive,…
Cross References
Psalm 94:17
Unless the LORD had been my helper, I would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

Psalm 124:1
If the LORD had not been on our side--let Israel now declare--

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

Jeremiah 51:55
For the LORD will destroy Babylon; He will silence her mighty voice. The waves will roar like great waters; the tumult of their voice will resound.

Treasury of Scripture

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

when men

Psalm 21:1,2
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! …

Psalm 3:1
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

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







Lexicon
if the LORD
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

had not
לוּלֵ֣י (lū·lê)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3884: If not, unless

been on our side
שֶׁהָ֣יָה (še·hā·yāh)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

when men
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

attacked
בְּק֖וּם (bə·qūm)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

us,
עָלֵ֣ינוּ (‘ā·lê·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(2) If it had not been.--For this motto of the covenant, see Psalm 94:17.

Men.--Better, man. In this use of the general term, we must, as Reuss points out, see an indication of the time of composition of the psalm. One who could so speak of the whole world as separated into two parts (Jews and heathen), discloses a sense of isolation and exclusiveness which brings us far down from the time of the prophets. They, indeed, spoke of it as the ideal of the future. This psalmist regards it as an accomplished fact.

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). 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.
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