Psalm 60

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Depiction of Joab, nephew and general of king David, as cavalry commander (Golden Psalter of St. Gallen, late 9th century)

Psalm 60 (Masoretic numbering; psalm 59 in Greek numbering) of the Book of Psalms is addressed "to the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth[1] Michtam of David, when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand."

In Jewish liturgy, it is recited on Shushan Purim.[2] Verse 7 is part of the closing paragraph of the Amidah.[3]


  1. ^ Shushaneduth being the title of a song, presumably identifying the intended melody, mentioned only here and in psalm 80. Strong's Concordance H7802: "שׁוּשַׁן עֵדוּת Shûwshan ʻÊdûwth; or (plural of former) שׁוֹשַׁנִּים עֵדוּת Shôwshannîym ʻÊdûwthlemma שׁוֹשַׁנִּיס עֵדוּת samekh, corrected to שׁוֹשַׁנִּים עֵדוּת; from H7799 and H5715; lily (or trumpet) of assemblage; Shushan-Eduth or Shoshannim-Eduth, the title of a popular song:—Shoshannim-Eduth, Shushan-eduth."
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 119