PSALM 12[O] Prayer Against Evil Tongues 12 1For the leader; “upon the eighth.” A psalm of David. I 2Help, LORD, for no one loyal remains; the faithful have vanished from the children of men. 3They tell lies to one another, speak with deceiving lips and a double heart. II 4May the LORD cut off all deceiving lips, and every boastful tongue, 5Those who say, “By our tongues we prevail; when our lips speak, who can lord it over us?” III 6“Because they rob the weak, and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will grant safety to whoever longs for it.” IV 7The promises of the LORD are sure, silver refined in a crucible,[P] silver purified seven times. 8You, O LORD, protect us always; preserve us from this generation. 9On every side the wicked roam; the shameless are extolled by the children of men.
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