1 If the Lord himself had not been on our side,
now may Israel say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side,
when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us alive
when their anger burned against us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us
and the torrent gone over our soul;
over our soul would have swept the raging waters.
5 But blessed be the Lord
who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
6 Our soul has escaped
as a bird from the snare of the fowler;
the snare is broken and we are delivered.
7 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who has made heaven and earth.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011