Victory Over the Enemies of Zion
A song of ascents.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1“Too often#Or “Greatly” they have attacked me from my youth.”
Let Israel say,
2“Too often#Or “Greatly” they have attacked me from my youth,
yet they have not prevailed against me.
3On my back plowmen have plowed.
They have made their furrows#According to the reading tradition (Qere) long.”
4Yahweh is righteous.
He has cut the ropes#That is, the yoke and tackle on a beast of burden of the wicked.
5Let all be put to shame and repulsed
who hate Zion.
6Let them be like grass on the housetops,
that withers before it grows up,
7with which a reaper cannot fill his hand,
nor the binder of sheaves his arms,#Literally “bosom”
8so that passersby do not say,
“The blessing of Yahweh be upon you.
We bless you in the name of Yahweh.”