Lexham English Bible
A Lament After a Defeat and a Prayer for Restoration
For the music director, according to Shushan Eduth.[a]
A miktam of David. To teach.
When he fought Mesopotamia and Aram Zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in the Valley of Salt, twelve thousand persons.[b]
60 O God, you have rejected us. You have broken us.
You have been angry. Restore us!
2 You have made the land quake. You have split it open.
Heal its fissures, because it totters.
3 You have shown your people hard things;
You have given us wine that staggers.
4 You have rallied those who fear you round a banner
out of bowshot,[c] Selah
5 so that your beloved ones may be rescued.
Save by your right hand and answer us.
6 God has spoken in his holiness,
“I will rejoice;
I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is the helmet for[d] my head;
Judah is my scepter.[e]
8 Moab is my washing pot;
over Edom, I will cast my sandal.
On account of me, O Philistia, raise a shout.”
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have not you yourself rejected us, O God,
and not gone out with our armies, O God?
11 Give us help against the adversary,
for the help of humankind is futile.
12 Through God we will do valiantly,[f]
and it is he who will tread down our enemies.
- Psalm 60:1 Perhaps “The Lily of Testimony”
- Psalm 60:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first two verses of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by two
- Psalm 60:4 Literally “from the presence of the bow”
- Psalm 60:7 Literally “protection of”
- Psalm 60:7 Or “commander’s rod”
- Psalm 60:12 Literally “might”