Psalm 60
Contemporary English Version

(For the music leader. To the tune “Lily of the Promise.” A special psalm by David for teaching. He wrote it during his wars with the Arameans of northern Syria,+ when Joab came back and killed twelve thousand Edomites+ in Salt Valley.)

You Can Depend on God

1 You, God, are angry with us!

We are rejected and crushed.

Make us strong again!

2You made the earth shake

and split wide open;

now heal its wounds

and stop its trembling.

3You brought hard times

on your people,

and you gave us wine

that made us stagger.

4You gave a signal to those

who worship you,

so they could escape

from enemy arrows.+

5Answer our prayers, God!

Use your powerful arm

and give us victory.

Then the people you love

will be safe.

6Our God, you solemnly promised,

“I would gladly divide up

the city of Shechem

and give away Succoth Valley

piece by piece.

7The lands of Gilead

and Manasseh are mine.

Ephraim is my war helmet,

and Judah is the symbol

of my royal power.

8Moab is merely my washbasin.

Edom belongs to me,

and I shout in triumph

over the Philistines.”

9Our God, who will bring me

to the fortress,

or lead me to Edom?

10Have you rejected us

and deserted our armies?

11Help us defeat our enemies!

No one else can rescue us.

12You will give us victory

and crush our enemies.


Psalm 60 wars … Syria: See 2 Samuel 8.3-8; 10.16-18; 1 Chronicles 18.3-11; 19.6-19.
Psalm 60 killed … Edomites: See 2 Samuel 8.13; 1 Chronicles 18.12.
60.4 so … arrows: Some ancient translations and one possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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