1 «A Song of degrees of David.» If [it had not been] the LORD who wasHe shows that God was ready to help at need and that there was no other way to be saved, but by this means alone.on our side, now may Israel say;
2 If the Lord had not bene on our side, when men rose vp against vs,
3 Then they had swallowed us upSo unable were we to resist.quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
4 Then theHe uses proper similitudes to express the great danger that the Church was in, and out of which God miraculously delivered them.waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
5 Then had the swelling waters gone ouer our soule.
6 Praysed be the Lord, which hath not giuen vs as a praye vnto their teeth.
7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of theFor the wicked not only furiously rage against the faithful, but craftily imagined to destroy them.snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
8 Our helpe is in the Name of the Lorde, which hath made heauen and earth.