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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 124:6

 

 

Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Blessed be the Lord - The Lord be praised; or, We have reason to praise the Lord because we have been delivered from these calamities.

Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth - The figure is here changed, though the same idea is retained. The imago is now that of destruction by wild beasts - a form of destruction not less fearful than that which comes from overflowing waters. Such changes of imagery constantly occur in the Book of Psalms, and in impassioned poetry everywhere. The mind is full of a subject; numerous illustrations occur in the rapidity of thought; and the mind seizes upon one and then upon another as best suited to express the emotions of the soul. The next verse furnishes another instance of this sudden transition.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-124.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"Blessed be Jehovah,

Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers:

The snare is broken, and we are escaped.

Our help is in the name of Jehovah,

Who made heaven and earth."

The terrible danger of the situation Israel survived was concentrated in that hostile Philistine army. They had come up "to seek David" (2 Samuel 5:117), for the purpose of killing him, exactly as they had destroyed Saul. Moreover they possessed at that time the `bridle' of the city of Jerusalem. This meant they held the strategic advantage over the city. This is evident in the passage from 2 Samuel 8:1, which declares that "David smote the Philistines, subdued them, and took `the bridle of the mother city' out of the hands of the Philistines."

"Jehovah hath not given us ... a prey to their teeth" (Psalms 124:6). In the true Hebrew style, the metaphor changes again. This line compares the army of the enemy to a pack of wild beasts tearing their victims apart with their teeth.

"As a bird out of the snare of the fowlers" (Psalms 124:7). Again, here is another metaphor. Israel is the helpless bird already captured in the snare (trap) of the fowlers; but, lo, and, behold, the snare breaks and Israel escapes! What a great miracle God wrought upon their behalf!

"Our help is in the name of Jehovah" (Psalms 124:8). In both Old Testament and New Testament, much is made of "The Name" of God and of Jesus Christ, of which an apostle said, "Neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-124.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Blessed be the Lord,.... Here begins the church's thanksgiving for deliverance from all their enemies, their proud persecutors; and from all afflictions and troubles by them; which they could never have been delivered from, had not the Lord appeared for them; and therefore it is but just that he should have all the glory of it, and be blessed and praised on account thereof;

who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth; the teeth of wicked men are like spears and arrows, like swords and knives, to devour good men; their passions are strong, and their desires very vehement after their ruin; and, if suffered, the saints would fall an easy prey to them: but God will not give them up to them, either to Satan the devouring lion, or to any of his emissaries; nay, when they have seized them, and got them in their mouths, they shall be snatched from them, as the lamb out of the mouth of the lion and the bear by David; see Psalm 57:4, 1 Peter 5:8.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-124.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

6.Blessed be Jehovah! The Psalmist now exhorts the godly to a grateful acknowledgment of the divine goodness, and as it were puts words into their mouth. Here also he shows by another similitude, that it would have been all over with them had not God succoured them; affirming that they were delivered not otherwise than if some one had plucked the prey from the teeth of a wild and cruel beast. Of the same import is the third similitude, That they were on all sides entrapped and entangled in the snares of their enemies, even as little birds caught in the net he stretched under the hand of the fowler; and that when they were delivered, it was just as if one should set at liberty birds which had been taken. The amount is, that the people of God, feeble, without counsel, and destitute of aid, had not only to deal with blood-thirsty and furious beasts, but were also ensnared by bird-nets and stratagems, so that being greatly inferior to their enemies as well in policy as in open force, they were besieged by many deaths. From this it may be easily gathered that they were miraculously preserved.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-124.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 124:6 Blessed [be] the LORD, who hath not given us [as] a prey to their teeth.

Ver. 6. Blessed be the Lord, &c.] Deo gratias, thanks be to God was much in Austin’s mouth, and should be so in ours, but especially upon some signal deliverance. How was God blessed at Berachah? 2 Chronicles 20:26

As a prey to their teeth] Who meant to have made but a breakfast of us, and had already devoured us in their hopes, but God defeated them.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-124.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A metaphor from wild beasts, which tear and devour their prey with their teeth.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-124.html. 1685.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth - as wild beasts thirst for the blood of their prey.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-124.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
who hath not
17:9; 118:13; 145:5,6; Exodus 15:9,10; Judges 5:30,31; 1 Samuel 26:20; Isaiah 10:14-19

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 124:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-124.html.

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