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Psalm 60 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Prayer for National Victory after Defeat

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return killed twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60 O God, thou hast rejected us, broken our defenses;
    thou hast been angry; oh, restore us.
Thou hast made the land to quake, thou hast rent it open;
    repair its breaches, for it totters.
Thou hast made thy people suffer hard things;
    thou hast given us wine to drink that made us reel.

Thou hast set up a banner for those who fear thee,
    to rally to it from the bow.[a]Selah
That thy beloved may be delivered,
    give victory by thy right hand and answer us!

God has spoken in his sanctuary:[b]
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manas′seh is mine;
    E′phraim is my helmet;
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Hast thou not rejected us, O God?
    Thou dost not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11 O grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the help of man!
12 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.


  1. Psalm 60:4 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb truth
  2. Psalm 60:6 Or by his holiness
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