Psalm 124

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Psalm 124 is the 124th psalm from the Book of Psalms. 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".


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.


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.[3]


  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. ^ Le cycle principal des prières liturgiques se déroule sur quatre semaines.