New English Translation
A song of ascents.
1 "Since my youth they have often attacked me," let Israel say.
2 "Since my youth they have often attacked me, but they have not defeated me.
3 The plowers plowed my back; they made their furrows long.
4 The LORD is just; he cut the ropes of the wicked."
5 May all who hate Zion be humiliated and turned back!
6 May they be like the grass on the rooftops which withers before one can even pull it up,
7 which cannot fill the reaper's hand, or the lap of the one who gathers the grain!
8 Those who pass by will not say, "May you experience the LORD's blessing! We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the LORD."
King James Version
A Song of degrees.
1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4 The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
7 Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.