Psalm 60
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 60*

Lament After Defeat in Battle

1For the leader; according to “The Lily of.…” A miktam of David (for teaching), 2when he fought against Aram-Naharaim and Aram-Zobah; and Joab, coming back, killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.a


3O God, you rejected us, broke our defenses;

you were angry but now revive us.

4You rocked the earth, split it open;b

repair the cracks for it totters.

5You made your people go through hardship,

made us stagger from the wine you gave us.c

6Raise up a banner for those who revere you,

a refuge for them out of bow shot.


7*Help with your right hand and answer us

that your loved ones may escape.


8*In the sanctuary God promised:

“I will exult, will apportion Shechem;

the valley of Succoth* I will measure out.

9Gilead is mine, mine is Manasseh;

Ephraim is the helmet for my head,

Judah, my own scepter.*

10*Moab is my washbowl;

upon Edom I cast my sandal.*d

I will triumph over Philistia.”


11Who will bring me to the fortified city?*

Who will lead me into Edom?

12Was it not you who rejected us, God?

Do you no longer march with our armies?e

13Give us aid against the foe;

worthless is human help.

14We will triumph with the help of God,

who will trample down our foes.

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