Psalm 129 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Here is what Israel should say. Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation. 1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth-- let Israel say--
2 Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation, but they haven't won the battle. 2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.
3 They have made deep wounds in my back. It looks like a field a farmer has plowed. 3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
4 The LORD does what is right. Sinners had tied me up with ropes. But the LORD has set me free. 4 But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.
5 May all those who hate Zion be driven back in shame. 5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.
6 May they be like grass that grows on the roof of a house. It dries up before it can grow. 6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;
7 There isn't enough of it to fill a person's hand. There isn't enough to tie up and carry away. 7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms.
8 May no one who passes by say to those who hate Zion, "May the blessing of the LORD be on you. We bless you in the name of the Lord." 8 May those who pass by not say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."