A Prayer for Help against the Foe
To the chief Musician upon Shu´shan–e´duth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with A´ram–nahara´im and with A´ram–zo´bah, when Jo´ab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.#2 Sam 8.13; 1 Chr 18.12.
1O God, thou hast cast us off,
thou has scattered us,
thou hast been displeased;
O turn thyself to us again.
2Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it:
heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3Thou hast showed thy people hard things:
thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee,
that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5That thy beloved may be delivered;
save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6God hath spoken in his holiness;
I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem,
and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7Gil´e-ad is mine, and Manas´seh is mine;
E´phra-im also is the strength of mine head;
Judah is my lawgiver;
8Moab is my washpot;
over Edom will I cast out my shoe:
Philis´ti-a, triumph thou because of me.
9Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who will lead me into Edom?
10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off?
and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11Give us help from trouble:
for vain is the help of man.
12Through God we shall do valiantly:
for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.