Psalm 60 – “Petition”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist asks God for security and military victory.

II. Photo
The psalmist feels abandoned: “But You have rejected us, O God; God, You do not march with our armies.” (v. 12)

III. Select Verses    
3-4: O God, You have rejected us, You have made a breach in us; You have been angry; restore us! You have made the land quake; You have torn it open. Mend its fissures, for it is collapsing.
8-11: God promised in His sanctuary: “I would exultingly divide up Shechem, and measure the Valley of Sukkoth; Gilead and Manasseh would be mine, Ephraim my chief stronghold, Judah my scepter;  Moab would be my washbasin; on Edom I would cast my shoe; acclaim me, O Philistia! Would that I were brought to the bastion! Would that I were led to Edom!”
12: But You have rejected us, O God; God, You do not march with our armies.
13-14: Grant us Your aid against the foe, for the help of man is worthless.  With God we shall triumph; He will trample our foes.

IV. Outline
1-2. Historical superscription
3. Invocation, complaint, initial petition
4-5. Complaint, petition
6-7. Petition
8a. Introduction to the oracle
8b-11. Oracle
12. Complaint
13. Petition
14. Affirmation of confidence

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tune.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
Tate, Marvin. “Psalms 51-100” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 20 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1990).
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