A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me -- let Israel now say --
from my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never been able to finish me off.
My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows.
But the LORD is good; he has cut the cords used by the ungodly to bind me.
May all who hate Jerusalem a be turned back in shameful defeat.
May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown,
ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder.
And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: "The LORD's blessings be upon you; we bless you in the LORD's name."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)