"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."
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,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)