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A Prayer against Israel's Enemies
1Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you
ever since you were young.
2“Ever since I was young,
my enemies have persecuted me cruelly,
but they have not overcome me.
3They cut deep wounds in my back
and made it like a ploughed field.
4But the LORD, the righteous one,
has freed me from slavery.”
5May everyone who hates Zion
be defeated and driven back.
6May they all be like grass growing on the housetops,
which dries up before it can grow;
7no one gathers it up
or carries it away in bundles.
8No one who passes by will say,
“May the LORD bless you!
We bless you in the name of the LORD.”