Praise for Rescue from Enemies.
A Song of [a]Ascents. Of David.
1“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,”
Let Israel now say,
“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have [quickly] swallowed us alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
The torrent would have swept over our soul;
Then the [b]raging waters would have swept over our soul.”
Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us as prey to be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
The trap is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
A Pilgrim Song of David
11-5 If God hadn’t been for us
—all together now, Israel, sing out!—
If God hadn’t been for us
when everyone went against us,
We would have been swallowed alive
by their violent anger,
Swept away by the flood of rage,
drowned in the torrent;
We would have lost our lives
in the wild, raging water.
6 Oh, blessed be God!
He didn’t go off and leave us.
He didn’t abandon us defenseless,
helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.
7 We’ve flown free from their fangs,
free of their traps, free as a bird.
Their grip is broken;
we’re free as a bird in flight.
8 God’s strong name is our help,
the same God who made heaven and earth.