Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion’s Enemies.
A Song of [a]Ascents.
1“Many times they have persecuted me (Israel) from my youth,”
Let Israel now say,
“Many times they have persecuted me from my youth,
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
“The [enemies, like] plowers plowed on my back;
They made their furrows [of suffering] long [in Israel].”
The Lord is righteous;
He has cut in two the [thick] cords of the wicked [which enslaved the people of Israel].
May all who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned backward [in defeat].
Let them be like the grass on the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up,
With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
Nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
Nor do those who pass by say,
“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”