The two different interpretations seem to be completely opposite each other. In NKJV the verse is as follows:
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations in anger, Is persecuted and no one hinders.
While the ESV bible is as follows:
... that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, That ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.
I don’t think these verses are saying the same thing. Am I reading it wrong?