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Psalm 60:11

ESV Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!
NIV Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.
NASB Oh give us help against the enemy, For rescue by man is worthless.
CSB Give us aid against the foe, for human help is worthless.
NLT Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.
KJV Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

What does Psalm 60:11 mean?

Here, David asks the Lord to help Israel battle her foes. This prayer comes in response to a surprise invasion from the nation of Edom (Psalm 60:1–5). David admits that Israel cannot hope to win this conflict using their own strength. He wonders how God will provide rescue (Psalm 60:9–10) but does not doubt that the Lord can and will do so (Psalm 60:12).

Centuries earlier, Samson learned the hard way that his human strength was inadequate to ward off his enemy, the Philistines. Although he had often achieved victories when the Spirit of God was on him, he could not shake off the Philistines after awakening from sleep on Delilah's lap. His self-confidence failed him when he boasted, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free" (Judges 16:20). However, "he did not know that the Lᴏʀᴅ had left him" (Judges 16:20). As a result, he was captured, blinded, shackled, and subjected to cruel treatment in a prison (Judges 16:21). Jesus told His disciples, "Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). The apostle Paul put no trust in his human body but relied on the Lord for victory in overcoming challenges to faith. He writes in Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me."
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