Psalms 60

Psalm 601

For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style;2 a prayer3 of David written to instruct others.4 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down5 12,000 Edomites6 in the Valley of Salt.7

60:1 O God, you have rejected us.8

You suddenly turned on us in your anger.9

Please restore us!10

60:2 You made the earth quake; you split it open.11

Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall.12

60:3 You have made your people experience hard times;13

you have made us drink intoxicating wine.14

60:4 You have given your loyal followers15 a rallying flag,

so that they might seek safety from the bow.16 (Selah)

60:5 Deliver by your power17 and answer me,18

so that the ones you love may be safe.19

60:6 God has spoken in his sanctuary:20

“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;

the Valley of Succoth I will measure off.21

60:7 Gilead belongs to me,

as does Manasseh!22

Ephraim is my helmet,23

Judah my royal scepter.24

60:8 Moab is my washbasin.25

I will make Edom serve me.26

I will shout in triumph over Philistia.”27

60:9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?

Who will bring me to Edom?28

60:10 Have you not rejected us, O God?

O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.

60:11 Give us help against the enemy,

for any help men might offer is futile.29

60:12 By God’s power we will conquer;30

he will trample down31 our enemies.

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