The haters (Ps 129:5-129:8)

“May all who hate Zion

Be put to shame!

May they be turned backward!

Let them be like the grass on the housetops.

This grass withers before it grows.

The reapers do not fill their hands.

The binders of sheaves do not fill their arms.

Those who pass by do not say.

‘The blessing of Yahweh be upon you!

We bless you in the name of Yahweh!”

This short psalm ends with the hope that Yahweh will put the haters to shame. The psalmist wanted them put to shame. They were to be turned backwards. He wanted them to be like the grass on the housetops that withered before it grew. Thus the reapers and binders would not fill their hands and arms. In fact, anyone passing by would not bless them in the name of Yahweh.

The haters (Ps 69:4-69:5)

“More in number

Than the hairs of my head

Are those who hate me without cause.

Mighty are those who would destroy me.

My enemies accuse me falsely.

What did I not steal?

Must I now restore them?

O God!

You know my folly!

The wrongs I have done

Are not hidden from you.”

The numerous haters of David did so without cause. Apparently David believed that it was okay to hate with a good cause. These haters were more than the hairs on David’s head. His enemies wanted to destroy him. They made false accusations against him. There is something about stealing stuff that he needed to restore. He must have done something because he confesses his folly. God knows the various wrongs that he has done since they are not hidden from him.