Verse 1 – Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth, “Let Israel now say –
Verse 2 – “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me.”
From the beginning of the Israel people, they have been persecuted, but not destroyed. Christians have face severe persecution, but the church has never been destroyed. Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18 – “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” What God establishes, no man can destroy.
Verse 3 – The powers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long. (The stripes that were placed on Jesus back were like furrows dug out in soil.)
verse 4 – The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.
Verse 5 – Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame and turn back.
Verse 6 – Let them be as grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up.
Those who oppose the Lord will be like grass that sprouts briefly only to become scorched and withered, not living long enough to bear fruit.
Verse 7 – With which the reaper does not fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his arms.
This verse is a little hard to understand but I’ll try to explain it. A reaper is gathering up grain in one hand and has a sickle in the other. The reapers hand never gets full, which is continually being gathered up, but their power is useless.
In other words, the wicked are rejected and useless.
Verse 8 – Neither let those who pass by them say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord!”
The wicked are not blessed.