If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;
&) 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.
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
who hath not
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
as a bird
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.