Ps 124:1-8. The writer, for the Church, praises God
for past, and expresses trust for future, deliverance from foes.
1, 2. on our side—for us (Ps 56:9).
now—or, "oh! let Israel"
2. rose … against, &c.—(Ps 3:1;
3. Then—that is, the time of our
quick—literally, "living" (Nu 16:32,
33), description of
4, 5. (Compare Ps 18:4, 16).
5. The epithet proud added to
waters denotes insolent enemies.
6, 7. The figure is changed to that of a
rapacious wild beast (Ps 3:7), and
then of a fowler (Ps 91:3), and
complete escape is denoted by breaking the net.
8. (Compare Ps 121:2).
name—in the usual sense (Ps 5:11; 20:1). He thus places over against the
great danger the omnipotent God, and drowns, as it were in an anthem,
the wickedness of the whole world and of hell, just as a great fire
consumes a little drop of water [Luther].