Psalms 12
Human Faithlessness and God’s Faithfulness
For the music director; on the Sheminith.#Meaning uncertain A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Save, O Yahweh, for the pious have ceased to be;
for the faithful have vanished
from among the children of humankind.
2They speak falseness to each other.#Literally “each with his companion”
With flattering lips,
with a double heart#Literally “a heart and a heart” they speak.
3May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue speaking great boasts—
4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail.
Our lips are on our side.
Who is master over us?”
5“Because of the oppression of the afflicted,
because of the groaning of the poor,
now I will rise up,” Yahweh says.
“I shall put them in the safety for which they#Hebrew “he” long.”
6The words of Yahweh are pure words
like silver refined in the crucible on the ground,
refined seven times.
7You, O Yahweh, will protect them.
You will preserve him#Or “us”
from this generation always.
8The wicked prowl about
when vileness is exalted among the children of humankind.
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