G2/5 K 1,2. Yahaveh our help. L e 3. Voracity of enemies. f 4,5. Comparison. Waters. M 6-. Blessed be Yahaveh. L e -6. Voracity of enemies. f 7. Comparison. Fowlers. K 8. Yahaveh our help.
1 "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,"
Now may Israel say; (Refers to Hezekiah's deliverance.)
2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
When men rose up against us: (Refers to Sennacherib.)
3 Then they had swallowed us up alive (Referring to Sennacherib's hosts; likened to a stream and waters in vv.4,5. See Ps. 46:3),
When their wrath was kindled against us:
4 Then the torrent (or flood) had overwhelmed us,
The stream had gone over us:
5 Then the proud waters had gone over us.
6 Blessed be the LORD,
Who has not given us as a prey to their teeth.
7 We are escaped as a bird (the reference is to the words of Sennacherib on his cylinder, where he mentions Hezekiah by name, whom he had got "as a bird in a cage") out of the snare of the fowlers:
The snare is broken, and we are escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.