Lament over defeat in battle, and prayer for help.
For the Chief Musician; set to [a]Shushan Eduth. Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the Valley of Salt twelve thousand.
60 O God thou hast cast us off, thou hast broken us down;
Thou hast been angry; oh restore us again.
2 Thou hast made the land to tremble; thou hast rent it:
Heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast showed thy people hard things:
Thou hast made us to drink the wine of staggering.
4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
5 That thy beloved may be delivered,
Save with thy right hand, and answer [b]us.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness: I will exult;
I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the defence of my head;
Judah is my [c]sceptre.
8 Moab is my washpot;
[d]Upon Edom will I cast my shoe:
Philistia, shout thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city?
[e]Who hath led me unto Edom?
10 [f]Hast not thou, O God, cast us off?
And thou goest not forth, O God, with our hosts.
11 Give us help against the adversary;
For vain is the [g]help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly;
For he it is that will tread down our adversaries.
- Psalm 60:1 That is, The lily of testimony.
- Psalm 60:5 Another reading is, me.
- Psalm 60:7 Or, lawgiver
- Psalm 60:8 Or, Unto
- Psalm 60:9 Or, Who will lead me etc.
- Psalm 60:10 Or, Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off, And goest . . . hosts?
- Psalm 60:11 Hebrew salvation.