Lord willing and the creek don't rise

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Variants substitute "God" or "Good Lord" (with or without "the") for "Lord", and substitute "crick" or "river" for "creek", or capitalize it as "Creek" or "Creeks" based on confusion with the Creek Indian tribe.


Statements of the form "God / Lord willing and (some other condition being met)" are ancient extensions of simple acceptance of God's will in phrases like God willing and Lord willing. A well-known example of the latter is found in the Bible in James 4:15. In the King James version: "For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." New International Version: "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." "Creek" originated as a reference to creeks flooding and preventing travel.


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.