Psalm 129

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.’