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Psalm 129 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 129

Prayer for the Downfall of Israel’s Enemies

A Song of Ascents.

“Often have they attacked me from my youth”
    —let Israel now say—
“often have they attacked me from my youth,
    yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed on my back;
    they made their furrows long.”
The Lord is righteous;
    he has cut the cords of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion
    be put to shame and turned backward.
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
    that withers before it grows up,
with which reapers do not fill their hands
    or binders of sheaves their arms,
while those who pass by do not say,
    “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
    We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 129 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,”
    let Israel say;
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
    but they have not gained the victory over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
    and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;
    he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”

May all who hate Zion
    be turned back in shame.
May they be like grass on the roof,
    which withers before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,
    nor one who gathers fill his arms.
May those who pass by not say to them,
    “The blessing of the Lord be on you;
    we bless you in the name of the Lord.”

New International Version (NIV)

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Psalm 129 New King James Version (NKJV)

Song of Victory over Zion’s Enemies

A Song of Ascents.

129 “Many a time they have afflicted[a] me from my youth,”
Let Israel now say—
“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed on my back;
They made their furrows long.”
The Lord is righteous;
He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

Let all those who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned back.
Let them be as the grass on the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up,
With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
Nor he who binds sheaves, his [b]arms.
Neither let those who pass by them say,
“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 129:1 persecuted
  2. Psalm 129:7 armsful, lit. bosom
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 129 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

129 (0) A song of ascents:

(1) Since I was young they have often attacked me —
let Isra’el repeat it —
since I was young they have often attacked me,
but they haven’t overcome me.

The plowmen plowed on my back;
wounding me with long furrows.
But Adonai is righteous;
he cuts me free from the yoke of the wicked.

Let all who hate Tziyon
be thrown back in confusion.
Let them be like grass on the roof,
which dries out before it grows up
and never fills the reaper’s hands
or the arms of the one who binds sheaves,
so that no passer-by says,
Adonai’s blessing on you!
We bless you in the name of Adonai!”

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

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