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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book II
Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help
For the Chief Musician; set to Shushan 1 Eduth. Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the Valley of Salt twelve thousand.
[1]  O GOD, thou hast cast us off, thou hast broken us down;
Thou hast been angry; oh restore us again.
[2]  Thou hast made the land to tremble; thou hast rent it:
Heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
[3]  Thou hast showed thy people hard things:
Thou hast made us to drink the wine of staggering.
[4]  Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee,
That it may be displayed because of the truth.  [Selah
[5]  That thy beloved may be delivered,
Save with thy right hand, and answer us. 2
[6]  God hath spoken in his holiness: I will exult;
I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
[7]  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the defence of my head;
Judah is my sceptre. 3
[8]  Moab is my washpot;
Upon 4 Edom will I cast my shoe:
Philistia, shout thou because of me.
[9]  Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who 5 hath led me unto Edom?
[10]  Hast 6 not thou, O God, cast us off?
And thou goest not forth, O God, with our hosts.
[11]  Give us help against the adversary;
For vain is the help 7 of man.
[12]  Through God we shall do valiantly;
For he it is that will tread down our adversaries.
Note 1. That is, The lily of testimony. [back]
Note 2. Another reading is, me. [back]
Note 3. Or, lawgiver. [back]
Note 4. Or, Unto. [back]
Note 5. Or, Who will lead me &c. [back]
Note 6. Or, Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off And goest … hosts? [back]
Note 7. Heb. salvation. [back]


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