Psalm 12 Oppression by the Wicked For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm. 12 1Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race. 2They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. 3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully. 4They say, “Through our tongues we have power;[O] 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.” 6The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. 7You, Lord, will guard us;[P] You will protect us[Q] from this generation forever. 8The wicked wander[R] everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.
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