Lord willing and the creek don't rise

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Lord willing and the creek don't rise

  1. (idiomatic, US, informal) Barring unforeseen circumstances.
    Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll have that new barn finished in time for the harvest.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is a variant on more straightforward phrases expressing acceptance of God's will: Lord willing and God willing.

The best known version of this originates from the Bible in James 4:15. In the King James version, that which would have been used during the 18th and 19th centuries, this is, "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, which is in wide usage today, this phrase is "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

  • Numerous alternative forms can be found, some examples of which are shown on the Talk page.
    • For "Lord" common substitutes are "Good Lord" and "God".
    • For "creek", "crick" and "river" are common; also "Creeks" based on an alternative etymology. Some believe "creek" may have once been a reference to the Creek Indian tribe.