Psalm 60

[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!
2 You made the earth shake
        and split wide open;
    now heal its wounds
        and stop its trembling.
3 You brought hard times
        on your people,
    and you gave us wine
        that made us stagger.

4 You gave a signal to those
        who worship you,
    so they could escape
        from enemy arrows.
5 Answer our prayers!
    Use your powerful arm
        and give us victory.
    Then the people you love
        will be safe.

6 Our God, you solemnly promised,
    “I would gladly divide up
        the city of Shechem
    and give away Succoth Valley
        piece by piece.
7 The lands of Gilead
        and Manasseh are mine.
    Ephraim is my war helmet,
    and Judah is the symbol
        of my royal power.
8 Moab is merely my washbasin.
        Edom belongs to me,

    and I shout in triumph
        over the Philistines.”

9 Our God, who will bring me
    to the fortress,
        or lead me to Edom?
10 Have you rejected us
        and deserted our armies?
11 Help us defeat our enemies!
        No one else can rescue us.
12 You will give us victory
        and crush our enemies.

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible commentary