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Psalm 60 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 60

You Have Rejected Us
(Psalm 60:5-12 parallels Psalm 108:6-13)


For the choir director. “The Lily of Testimony.”[a] A miktam by David.
For teaching. When he waged war against Aram Naharaim and against Aram Zobah, and Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand men of Edom in the Valley of Salt.[b]

David’s Prayer

God, you have rejected us.
You have broken us down.
You have been angry. Return to us!
You have shaken the earth. You have torn it open.
Heal its fractures, for it is about to collapse.
You have made your people suffer hardship.
You gave us wine to drink that makes us stagger.
You have set up a signal flag for those who fear you,
    to be raised up against the bow.[c] Interlude
Save us with your right hand and answer us,
so that those you love may be delivered.

God’s Reply

God has spoken in his holiness:[d]
“I will triumph. I will distribute Shechem,
and I will measure off the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine.
Ephraim is my helmet. Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin. On Edom I toss my sandal.
I shout aloud over Philistia.”[e][f]

David’s Prayer

Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 God, is it not you, who have rejected us?
God, is it not you, who no longer go out with our armies?
11 Give us help against the foe,
for human help is worthless.
12 In God we will do mighty deeds.
He is the one who will trample our foes.


  1. Psalm 60:1 This may be the name of the tune.
  2. Psalm 60:1 See 2 Samuel 8 and 10.
  3. Psalm 60:4 The line is difficult and the meaning is uncertain.
  4. Psalm 60:6 Or holy place
  5. Psalm 60:8 The translation follows an alternate Hebrew reading. The main Hebrew text reads because of me, Philistia, shout aloud.
  6. Psalm 60:8 These verses may be a confident assertion by David rather than a statement of the Lord.
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

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