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Psalms 129

A song of ascents.

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth--
     let Israel say--
2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
     but they have not gained the victory over me.
3 Plowmen have plowed my back
     and made their furrows long.
4 But the Lord is righteous;
     he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.
5 May all who hate Zion
     be turned back in shame.
6 May they be like grass on the roof,
     which withers before it can grow;
7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands,
     nor the one who gathers fill his arms.
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."