Psalm 124

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Psalm 124
Enchiridion geistlicher Gesänge 25.jpg
Psalm 124 in the Erfurt Enchiridion
BookBook of Psalms
Hebrew Bible partKetuvim
Order in the Hebrew part1
CategorySifrei Emet
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part19

Psalm 124 is the 124th psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 123 in a slightly different numbering system. It is one of fifteen psalms that begins with the words "A song of ascents" (Shir Hama'alot).



The psalm is recited following Mincha between Sukkot and Shabbat Hagadol.[1]


In 1524, the psalm was paraphrased in German by the Protestant reformers Justus Jonas and Martin Luther. Jonas wrote "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält", Luther "Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit".

Catholic Church[edit]

According to the rule of St Benedict around 530AD, this psalm was traditionally performed for the office of sextet from Tuesday to Saturday.[2] In the Liturgy of the Hours, Psalm 124 is currently recited at the Vespers of the Monday of the third week.[3]

It also is the source of the ubiquitous versicle ℣: Our help is in the name of the Lord ℟: who created Heaven and Earth, especially used for introductions of any sort, which is the psalm's verse 8.


In 1694, Michel-Richard de Lalande composed a motet with regard to this psalm (S. 42), for the services of Louis XIV, in the royal chapel of the Chateau of Versailles.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 530
  2. ^ Rule of Saint Benedict, translation of Prosper Gueranger, (Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, reprint 2007)p. 46.
  3. ^ The main cycle of liturgical prayers takes place over four weeks.

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