Psalm 124 (2nd version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 10,10,10,10,10

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

3    Then certainly
       they had devour'd us all,
     And swallow'd 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'erwhelmed in the deep.
6    But bless'd 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 escaped 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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