For the Chief Musician; set to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1Help, Jehovah; for the godly man ceaseth;
For the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor:
With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.
3Jehovah will 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?
5Because of the oppression of the poor, because of the sighing of the needy,
Now will I arise, saith Jehovah;
I will set him in the safety he panteth for.
6The words of Jehovah are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth,
Purified seven times.
7Thou wilt keep them, O Jehovah,
Thou wilt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8The wicked walk on every side,
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.