A Prayer for Help against the Foe
60 1 You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry-now restore us! 2 You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. 3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. 4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow. 5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph." 9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? 11 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. 12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
60:1 In Hebrew texts 60:1-12 is numbered 60:3-14.
60:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of Northwest Mesopotamia
60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of central Syria
60:4 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.