Prayer to Yahweh for Victory over Enemies
A song. A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1My heart is steadfast, O God.
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
2Awake, harp and lyre.
I will awake the dawn.#Or “I will awake at dawn”
3I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Yahweh;
I will give you praise among the nations,
4because your loyal love is great above the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5Be exalted above the heavens, O God,
and let your glory be above all the earth,
6so that your beloved ones may be rescued.
Save by your right hand and answer me.
7God has spoken in his holiness,
“I will exult, I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the valley of Succoth.
8Gilead is mine. Manasseh is mine.
And Ephraim is the helmet for#Literally “protection of” my head.
Judah is my scepter;#Or “commander’s rod”
9Moab is my washing pot.
Over Edom I will cast my sandal;
Over Philistia I will shout in triumph.”
10Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11Have you not rejected us, O God,
and not gone out with our armies, O God?
12Give us help against the enemy,
for the help of humankind is futile.
13Through God we will do valiantly,#Hebrew “do might”
and it is he who will tread down our enemies.