- Road trip song1
I’ve been bullied
- 1 Since I was a kid, my enemies have attacked me.
Let the nation of Israel acknowledge it and say,
- 2 “His enemies attacked him many times since childhood.
Yet they never could defeat him.
- 3 They plowed his back with cords,
Slicing long rows into his flesh.”
- 4 The LORD is good.
He destroyed the cords
That the wicked used as whips.
Down with haters
- 5 For everyone who hates Jerusalem,2
Shame on them.
- 6 May they shrivel up and die
Like grassy grain on a rooftop.3
- 7 May they die before harvesters
Can fill their hands with the kernels
Or bundle the stalks together
And carry them away in their arms
- 8 So no one who sees them
Will bless them by saying:
“May the good LORD be kind to you.
We’re asking the LORD to bless you.”
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. Psalms 120-134 are called songs of ascent, possibly because Jewish pilgrims sang these songs while traveling up into the Judean hills to celebrate a Jewish holiday in Jerusalem.
Literally “Zion.” “Zion” is a term of endearment, and another name for Jerusalem. It’s a bit like “The Big Apple” for New York City.
Plants can pop up quickly on a warm roof covered in clay and soil. But the dirt is too shallow for the plants to develop strong roots. So, as the plants grow larger and need more water and nutrients, which they can’t get, they wither and die.