Psalm 129:6
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New International Version
May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;

King James Bible
Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be as the grass upon the house-tops, which withereth before it is plucked up,

World English Bible
Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up;

Young's Literal Translation
They are as grass of the roofs, That before it was drawn out withereth,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As the grass upon the housetops - As in the east the roofs of the houses were flat, seeds of various kinds falling upon them would naturally vegetate, though in an imperfect way; and, because of the want of proper nourishment, would necessarily dry and wither away. If grass, the mower cannot make hay of it; if corn, the reaper cannot make a sheaf of it. Let the Babylonians be like such herbage - good for nothing, and come to nothing.

Withereth afore it groweth up - Before שלק shalak, it is unsheathed; i.e., before it ears, or comes to seed.

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as the grass

Psalm 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

Jeremiah 17:5,6 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD...

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

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Voluntary Suffering
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Matthew 10:27
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

2 Kings 19:26
Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.

Psalm 37:2
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Isaiah 37:27
Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.

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