1 <<A Song of degrees.>> 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 All those that hate Zion shall all be confounded and turned back.
6 They shall be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withers before it grows up,
7 with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor he that binds sheaves his bosom.
8 Neither did those who go by say, The blessing of the LORD [be] upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.: