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A Song of Ascents.
"Much have they afflicted me from my youth up", let Israel now say;
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"Much have they afflicted me from my youth up;
but they have not prevailed against me.
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The plowers plowed upon my back;
they made long their furrows.
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The LORD is righteous;
He hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked."
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Let them be ashamed and turned backward, all they that hate Zion.
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Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it springeth up;
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Wherewith the reaper filleth not his hand, nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
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Neither do they that go by say: "The blessing of the LORD be upon you;
we bless you in the name of the LORD."