New English Translation
For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; a prayer of David written to instruct others. It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 12, 000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
1 O God, you have rejected us. You suddenly turned on us in your anger. Please restore us!
2 You made the earth quake; you split it open. Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall.
3 You have made your people experience hard times; you have made us drink intoxicating wine.
4 You have given your loyal followers a rallying flag, so that they might seek safety from the bow. (Selah)
5 Deliver by your power and answer me, so that the ones you love may be safe.
6 God has spoken in his sanctuary: "I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem; the Valley of Succoth I will measure off.
7 Gilead belongs to me, as does Manasseh! Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my royal scepter.
8 Moab is my washbasin. I will make Edom serve me. I will shout in triumph over Philistia."
9 Who will lead me into the fortified city? Who will bring me to Edom?
10 Have you not rejected us, O God? O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
11 Give us help against the enemy, for any help men might offer is futile.
12 By God's power we will conquer; he will trample down our enemies.
King James Version
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 cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
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 hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who 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?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.