1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth up,
Let Israel now say,
2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth up:
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back;
They made long their furrows.
4 Jehovah is righteous:
He hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
1 See Psalm xviii 1. R. 279.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
1-3. From the beginning they have done exceeding great evil to the church, P. P.
5 Let them be put to shame and turned backward,
All they that hate Zion.
6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops,
Which withereth before it groweth up;
7 Wherewith the reaper filleth not his hand,
Nor he that bindeth sheaves, his bosom:
8 Neither do they that go by say,
The blessing of Jehovah be upon you;
We bless you in the name of Jehovah.
4-8, but after a vain effort, they were compelled to retreat.P. P.
6 See Psalm xxxvii. 2. R. 401.
See Psalm xxxvii. 2. E. 507.
7 See Psalm cxxvi. 6. A. 10303.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)