New English Translation
A song of ascents, by David.
1 "If the LORD had not been on our side" - let Israel say this! -
2 if the LORD had not been on our side, when men attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger raged against us.
4 The water would have overpowered us; the current would have overwhelmed us.
5 The raging water would have overwhelmed us.
6 The LORD deserves praise, for he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.
7 We escaped with our lives, like a bird from a hunter's snare. The snare broke, and we escaped.
8 Our deliverer is the LORD, the Creator of heaven and earth.
King James Version
A Song of degrees of David.
1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;
2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
6 Blessed be the LORD, 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 fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.