psalm 12

Psalm 12

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 12

Oppression by the Wicked

For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm.

 1 Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race. 2 They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully. 4 They say, “Through our tongues we have power;[a] our lips are our own—who can be our master?”

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.”

6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.

7 You, Lord, will guard us;[b] You will protect us[c] from this generation forever. 8 The wicked wander[d] everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

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