1 They have oftentimes afflicted me from my youth (may [a]Israel now say)
2 They have oftentimes afflicted me from my youth: but they could not prevail against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back, and made long furrows.
4 But the [b]righteous Lord hath cut the cords of the wicked.
5 They that hate Zion, shall be all ashamed and turned backward.
6 [c]They shall be as the grass on the house tops, which withereth afore it cometh forth.
7 Whereof the mower filleth not his hand, neither the gleaner his lap:
8 [d]Neither they which go by, say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you, or, We bless you in the Name of the Lord.