The Bible – Old Testament
1 A song of ascents. Of David. I Had not the LORD been with us, let Israel say,
Had not the LORD been with us, when people rose against us,
They would have swallowed us alive, for their fury blazed against us.
The waters would have engulfed us, the torrent overwhelmed us;
seething waters would have drowned us.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us to be torn by their fangs.
We escaped with our lives like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare was broken and we escaped.
2 Our help is the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
1 [Psalm 124] A thanksgiving which teaches that Israel’s very existence is owed to God who rescues them. In the first part Israel’s enemies are compared to the mythic sea dragon (⇒ Psalm 124:2b-3a; cf ⇒ Jeremiah 51:34) and Flood (⇒ Psalm 124:3b-5; cf ⇒ Isaiah 51:9-10). The psalm heightens the malice of human enemies by linking them to the primordial enemies of God’s creation. Israel is a bird freed from the trapper’s snare (⇒ Psalm 124:6-8) – freed originally from Pharaoh and now from the current danger.
2  Our help is the name: for the idiom, see ⇒ Exodus 18:4.