1 A Song of Degrees. Many a time have they warred against me from my youth, let Israel now say:
2 Many a time have they warred against me from my youth: and yet they prevailed not against me.
3 The sinners wrought upon my back: they prolonged their * שיך iniquity, easily read for שוכה a furrow. iniquity.
4 The righteous Lord has cut asunder the necks of sinners.
5 Let all that hate Sion be put to shame and turned back.
6 Let them be as the grass of the housetops, which withers before it is plucked up.
7 Wherewith the reaper fills not his hand, nor he that makes up the sheaves, his bosom.
8 Neither do they that go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.
*128:3 שיך iniquity, easily read for שוכה a furrow.