For the Chief Musician; set to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak. 3The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaketh great things: 4Who have said, with our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 5For the spoiling of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety at whom they puff. 6The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, purified seven times. 7Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 8The wicked walk on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.