Psalm 124:2
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New International Version
if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked 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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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

when men

Psalm 21:1,2 The king shall joy in your strength, O LORD; and in your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!...

Psalm 3:1 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...

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Numbers 16:2,3 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly...

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

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

Jeremiah 51:55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.

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