1 A song of ascents. Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4 The LORD is righteous: he has cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up:
7 With which the reaper fills not his hand; nor he that binds sheaves his bosom.
8 Neither do they who go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.