Psalms 12
Psalm 12
Oppression by the Wicked
For the choir director: according to Sheminith.#1Ch 15:21; Ps 6 A psalm of David.
1Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race.#12:1 Or the descendants of Adam, also in v. 8#Ps 14:2-3; 53:2-3; Mc 7:2
2They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.#Ps 41:6; 144:8; Jr 9:8
3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully.#Ps 5:9
4They say, “Through our tongues we have power;
our lips are our own — who can be our master?” #Ps 73:8-9
5“Because of the devastation of the needy
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will provide safety for the one who longs for it.”#Ps 9:18; 72:4
6The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.#Ps 18:30; 119:140; Pr 30:5
7You, Lord, will guard us;#12:7 Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them
you will protect us#12:7 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him from this generation forever.#Ps 37:28; 97:10
8The wicked prowl#12:8 Lit walk about all around,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.#Ps 4:2; 119:37

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