Psalm 124:5
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New American Standard Bible
Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul."

King James Bible
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

World English Bible
then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Then passed over our soul had the proud waters.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Then the proud waters had gone over our soul - Over us. The word proud here is applied to the waters as if raging, swelling, rolling, tumultuous; as if they were self-confident, arrogant, haughty. Such raging billows, as they break and dash upon the shore, are a striking embIem of human passions, whether in an individual, or in a gathering of men - as an army, or a mob. Compare Psalm 65:7. This is again an amplification, or an ascent of thought. See the notes at Psalm 124:2. It is, however, nothing more than a poetical embellisment, adding intensity to the expression.

Psalm 124:5 Parallel Commentaries

The Creation
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

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 22:11
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.

Job 38:11
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

Psalm 32:6
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.

Psalm 69:15
May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.

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