Psalms 124:7
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7  We are like a bird escaped from the fowler’s trap; the trap broke and we escaped.

naf-SHAY-nu k’-tzi-POR nim-l’-TAH mi-PAKH yo-k’-SHEEM ha-PAKH nish-BAR va-a-NAKH-nu nim-LAT-nu

ז  נַפְשֵׁנוּ כְּצִפּוֹר נִמְלְטָה מִפַּח יוֹקְשִׁים הַפַּח נִשְׁבָּר וַאֲנַחְנוּ נִמְלָטְנוּ׃

 124:7   We are like a bird escaped from the fowler’s trap

The Jerusalem Prism

In Psalm 124, the psalmist thanks God for saving him from imminent destruction: “Were it not for Hashem, who was on our side when men assailed us” (verse 2). The metaphor of a bird escaping a trap is interesting in light of an archaeological discovery called the Jerusalem Prism, housed today in the Israel Museum. It contains the annals of the Assyrian king Sennacherib. In it, he makes reference to the conquest of northern Israel and the exile of its inhabitants, and describes his conquest of many of the cities in the southern kingdom of Yehuda. When depicting the siege of Yerushalayim in the time of Chizkiyahu, he says that he confined Chizkiyahu “as a caged bird,” employing language similar to this verse. Ultimately, though, a miracle took place and the Assyrian army mysteriously died, allowing King Chizkiyahu and Yerushalayim to be freed from the Assyrian snare (II Kings 18-19).

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  • 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers

    The psalmist tells us he thanks God for saving them, the Jewish peoples from the imminent destruction that is to come. Without the help of God he does not see any way out. There is an interesting metaphor of a bird escaping his cage. Found in the writings in a lets say journal called the Taylor Prism. Of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, it recalls the story of such a bird escaping it's cage. This during the siege of Jerusalem in the times of Hezekiah,Confining them as a caged bird. However during this plight something wonderful and only by the very Hand of God took place. The entire army died in one night if memory of the story serves me correct. They just died over night. They never woke from there sleep. Thus the bird did escape from its cage for the door had been left untended and it became loosed by the same hand of God that destroyed the enemy and freed Jerusalem from the Assyrian army and King. Carl


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