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Psalm 129

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.”

  1. Psalm 129:1 See Psalm 120 title note.

The Message

Psalm 129

A Pilgrim Song

11-4 “They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young”
    —this is how Israel tells it—
“They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young,
    but they never could keep me down.
Their plowmen plowed long furrows
    up and down my back;
Then God ripped the harnesses
    of the evil plowmen to shreds.”

5-8 Oh, let all those who hate Zion
    grovel in humiliation;
Let them be like grass in shallow ground
    that withers before the harvest,
Before the farmhands can gather it in,
    the harvesters get in the crop,
Before the neighbors have a chance to call out,
    “Congratulations on your wonderful crop!
    We bless you in God’s name!”