Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
x If it had not been the Lord who was on our side -
y let Israel now say -
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
then they would have z swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then a the flood would have b swept us away,
the torrent would have gone c over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.
Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from d the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
e Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth" - let Israel now say -
Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me.
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.
And it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.