1 ‘Many a time have they fought against me from my youth,’ ♦
may Israel now say;
2 ‘Many a time have they fought against me from my youth, ♦
but they have not prevailed against me.’
3 The ploughers ploughed upon my back ♦
and made their furrows long.
4 But the righteous Lord ♦
has cut the cords of the wicked in pieces.
5 Let them be put to shame and turned backwards, ♦
as many as are enemies of Zion.
6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, ♦
which withers before it can grow,
7 So that no reaper can fill his hand, ♦
nor a binder of sheaves his bosom;
8 And none who go by may say,
‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you. ♦
We bless you in the name of the Lord.’
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