Psalm 124

Words: The Scottish Psalter
(Note: Two versions on this page.)

Common Metre Tunes

First Version

 1  Had not the Lord been on our side,
       may Israel now say;
 2  Had not the Lord been on our side,
       when men rose us to slay;

 3  They had us swallowed quick, when as
       their wrath 'gainst us did flame:
 4  Waters had covered us, our soul
       had sunk beneath the stream.

 5  Then had the waters, swelling high,
       over our soul made way.
 6  Blessed be the Lord, who to their teeth
       us gave not for a prey.

 7  Our soul's escapèd, as a bird
       out of the fowler's snare;
    The snare asunder broken is,
       and we escapèd are.

 8  Our sure and all-sufficient help
       is in Jehovah's name;
    His name who did the heav'n create,
       and who the earth did frame.

Second Version
 1  Now Israel may say, and that truly,
    If that the Lord had not our cause maintained;
 2  If that the Lord had not our right sustained,
    When cruel men against us furiously
    Rose up in wrath, to make of us their prey;

 3  Then certainly they had devoured us all,
    And swallowed quick, for ought that we could deem;
    Such was their rage, as we might well esteem.
 4  And as fierce floods before them all things drown,
    So had they brought our soul to death quite down.

 5  The raging streams, with their proud swelling waves,
    Had then our soul o'erwhelmèd in the deep.
 6  But blessed be God, who doth us safely keep,
    And hath not giv'n us for a living prey
    Unto their teeth, and bloody cruelty.

 7  Ev'n as a bird out of the fowler's snare
    Escapes away, so is our soul set free:
    Broke are their nets, and thus escapèd we.
 8  Therefore our help is in the Lord's great name,
    Who heav'n and earth by his great pow'r did frame.

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