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Psalm 12

Psalm 12a

For the director of music. According to sheminith.b A psalm of David.

1Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;

those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

2Everyone lies to their neighbor;

they flatter with their lips

but harbor deception in their hearts.

3May the Lord silence all flattering lips

and every boastful tongue—

4those who say,

“By our tongues we will prevail;

our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

I will now arise,” says the Lord.

“I will protect them from those who malign them.”

6And the words of the Lord are flawless,

like silver purified in a crucible,

like goldc refined seven times.

7You, Lord, will keep the needy safe

and will protect us forever from the wicked,

8who freely strut about

when what is vile is honored by the human race.

a 1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
b 1 Title: Probably a musical term
c 6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth

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