To the chief musician upon Shushan-eduth Michtam of David, to teach. when he strove with Aram-naharaim, and with Aram Zobah when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt, twelve thousand.
1 O GOD, thou hast rejected us,
and scattered us abroad:
thou hast displeased been with us,
return to us o God.
2 The land to tremble thou hast caus’d,
thou it asunder brake:
do thou the breaches of it heal,
for it doth moving shake.
3 Thou hast unto thy people shew’d
things that are hard, thou hast
also the cup of trembling
given to them to taste.
4 But unto them that do thee fear,
a Banner to display
thou given hast to be lift up
for thy truths sake. Selah.
5 That those who thy beloved are
delivered may be,
o do thou save with thy right hand,
and answer give to me.
6 God in his holiness hath spoke,
rejoice therein will I,
Shechem I will divide, and meet
of Succoth the valley.
7 To me doth Gilead appertain,
Manasseh mine besides:
Ephraim the strength is of my head,
Judah my laws prescribes.
8 Moab’s my wash-pot, I will cast
over Edom my shoo,
o Palestine, because of me
be thou triumphant too.
9 O who is it that will me lead
to th’ city fortified?
and who is he that will become
into Edom my guide?
10 Is it not thou, o God, who hadst
cast us off heretofore?
and thou o God, who with our hosts
wouldst not go out before?
11 O give to us help from distress
for mans help is but vain:
12 Through God we’ll do great acts, he shall
our foes tread with disdain.