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Psalm 60:7-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

[a]Help with your right hand and answer us
    that your loved ones may escape.


[b]In the sanctuary God promised:
    “I will exult, will apportion Shechem;
    the valley of Succoth I will measure out.
Gilead is mine, mine is Manasseh;
    Ephraim is the helmet for my head,
    Judah, my own scepter.[c]
10 [d]Moab is my washbowl;
    upon Edom I cast my sandal.
I will triumph over Philistia.”


11 Who will bring me to the fortified city?[e]
    Who will lead me into Edom?
12 Was it not you who rejected us, God?
    Do you no longer march with our armies?
13 Give us aid against the foe;
    worthless is human help.
14 We will triumph with the help of God,
    who will trample down our foes.


  1. 60:7–12 These verses occur again as the second half of Ps 108.
  2. 60:8 I will…apportion…measure out: God lays claim to these places. The valley of Succoth: probably the lower stretch of the Jabbok valley.
  3. 60:9 Judah, my own scepter: an allusion to the Testament of Jacob, Gn 49:10.
  4. 60:10 Moab is my washbowl: Moab borders the Dead Sea, hence a metaphor for the country. Upon Edom I cast my sandal: an ancient legal gesture of taking possession of land.
  5. 60:11 The fortified city: perhaps Bozrah, the fortified capital of Edom, cf. Is 34:6; 63:1; Am 1:12.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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