Psalms 12
Oppression by the Wicked
For the choir director: according to Sheminith. # 1Ch 15:21; Ps 6 title A Davidic psalm.
1Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race. # 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; # Lit That say, “By our tongues we are strengthened
our lips are our own — who can be our master? ” # Ps 73:8-9
5“Because of the oppression of the afflicted
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will put the one who longs for it in a safe place.” # 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; # Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them
You will protect us # Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him from this generation forever. # Ps 37:28; 97:10
8The wicked wander # Lit walk about everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race. # Ps 4:2; 119:37

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