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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 124

Introduction

1The church blesses God for a miraculous deliverance.

Verse 1

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;
(Title
&) A Song. It is uncertain what the particular deliverance was which is celebrated in this Psalm. Some refer it to the deliverance of Hezekiah from Sennacherib; and others to the return from the Babylonian captivity; while Dr. A. Clarke refers it to that of the Jews from the massacre intended by Haman.
120:1; 121:1; 122:1; 123:1; 124:1; 125:1; 126:1; 127:1; 128:1; *titles; 129:1; 130:1; 131:1; 132:1; 133:1; 134:1; *titles
The Lord
27:1; 46:7,11; 54:4; 56:9; 118:6,7; Exodus 15:1; Isaiah 8:9,10; Romans 8:31; Hebrews 13:5,6
now may
129:1
Reciprocal: Genesis 31:42 - Except; 2 Kings 6:27 - whence; 2 Kings 9:32 - Who is on my side; Esther 9:20 - wrote these; Psalm 60:11 - vain; Psalm 94:17 - Unless; Jeremiah 15:20 - but; Daniel 3:23 - fell; Acts 26:22 - obtained

Verse 2

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
when men
21:1,2; 3:1; 22:12,13,16; 37:32; Numbers 16:2,3
Reciprocal: Joshua 7:9 - environ; 2 Samuel 18:31 - the Lord; 2 Kings 9:32 - Who is on my side; Psalm 94:17 - Unless; Luke 8:23 - came

Verse 3

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Then they
27:2; 35:25; 56:1,2; 57:3; 74:8; 83:4; Esther 3:6,12,13
swallowed
Numbers 16:30-34; Proverbs 1:12; Jeremiah 51:34; Jonah 1:17
their wrath
76:10; 1 Samuel 20:30-33; Daniel 3:19; Matthew 2:16; Acts 9:2
Reciprocal: Joshua 7:9 - environ; 2 Samuel 18:31 - the Lord; 2 Samuel 20:19 - swallow; Job 29:17 - and plucked; Psalm 93:3 - the floods lift; Isaiah 49:19 - they that; Lamentations 2:16 - We have swallowed; 2 Corinthians 2:7 - swallowed

Verse 4

Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
the waters
18:4; 42:7; 69:15; Isaiah 8:7,8; 28:2; 59:19; Jeremiah 46:7,8; Daniel 9:26; Revelation 12:15,16; 17:1,15
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:17 - he drew; Job 22:11 - abundance; Psalm 32:6 - in the floods; Psalm 69:14 - out of; Psalm 143:4 - is my spirit; Lamentations 3:54 - Waters

Verse 5

Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
the proud
93:3,4; Job 38:11; Jeremiah 5:22
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:17 - he drew; Psalm 31:20 - from; Psalm 32:6 - in the floods; Psalm 69:14 - out of; Lamentations 3:54 - Waters

Verse 6

Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
who hath not
17:9; 118:13; 145:5,6; Exodus 15:9,10; Judges 5:30,31; 1 Samuel 26:20; Isaiah 10:14-19
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 20:1 - fled; 2 Samuel 18:28 - Blessed; Job 29:17 - and plucked; Psalm 37:33 - will not; Psalm 41:11 - because; Psalm 119:110 - wicked; Psalm 129:4 - cut asunder; Isaiah 49:24 - prey

Verse 7

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
Our soul
1 Samuel 23:26,27; 24:14,15; 25:29; 2 Samuel 17:2,21,22
as a bird
25:15; 91:3; Proverbs 6:5; Jeremiah 5:26; 18:22; 2 Timothy 2:26
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 19:10 - and escaped; Psalm 31:4 - Pull; Psalm 37:33 - will not; Psalm 64:5 - of laying snares; Psalm 119:110 - wicked; Psalm 129:4 - cut asunder; Isaiah 49:24 - prey; 1 Corinthians 10:13 - make

Verse 8

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
115:15; 121:2; 134:3; 146:5,6; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 37:16-20; Jeremiah 32:17; Acts 4:24 Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 17:45 - in the name; 2 Chronicles 2:12 - that made heaven; Psalm 25:15 - out; Acts 14:15 - which; Acts 26:22 - obtained; Hebrews 13:6 - The Lord; Revelation 14:7 - worship

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 124". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-124.html.