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.