1 “From the time I was young, people have attacked me . . .” (Israel should repeat this.) 2 “From the time I was young, people have attacked me, but they have never overpowered me. 3 They have plowed my back like farmers plow fields. They made long slashes like furrows.” 4 The Lord is righteous. He has cut me loose from the ropes that wicked people tied around me. 5 Put to shame all those who hate Zion. Force them to retreat. 6 Make them be like grass on a roof, like grass that dries up before it produces a stalk. 7 It will never fill the barns of those who harvest or the arms of those who gather bundles. 8 Those who pass by will never say to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord” or “We bless you in the name of the Lord.”
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