1 If it had not been Jehovah who was on our side,
Let Israel now say,
2 If it had not been Jehovah who was on our side,
When men rose up against us;
3 Then they had swallowed us up alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us:
1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.
1 See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
1-5. To the Father that He may be preserved in temptations, P. P.
4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us,
The stream had gone over our soul;
5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
2, 4, 5. Rivers in the opposite sense falsities in abundance. R. 409.
By the proud waters here mentioned are understood falsities favoring the love of self and confirming it, also the falsities of doctrine which are from self-derived intelligence.
River—reasonings from them against truths.
By verses 4 and 5 is signified the destruction of spiritual life. E. 518.
6 Blessed be Jehovah,
Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the
The snare is broken, and we are escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of Jehovah,
Who made heaven and earth.
4-6. A prey to their teeth, that is to the hells which by falsities destroy truths. E. 556.
6 See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1096.
See Psalm xxviii. 6. R. 289.
See Psalm xxxv. 15, 16. R. 435.
6-8. from the deceitful and hypocrites. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)