New American Standard Bible

Psalm 129

Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion’s Enemies.

A Song of Ascents.

1[a]Many times they have [b]persecuted me from my youth up,”
Let Israel now say,
[c]Many times they have [d]persecuted me from my youth up;
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
“The plowers plowed upon my back;
They lengthened their furrows.”
The Lord is righteous;
He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned backward;
Let them be like grass upon the housetops,
Which withers before it [e]grows up;
With which the reaper does not fill his [f]hand,
Or the binder of sheaves his bosom;
Nor do those who pass by say,
“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the Lord.”

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 129:1 Lit Much
  2. Psalm 129:1 Lit showed hostility toward
  3. Psalm 129:2 Lit Much
  4. Psalm 129:2 Lit showed hostility toward
  5. Psalm 129:6 Lit draws out
  6. Psalm 129:7 Lit palm