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.


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