Psalms 12

1For the choir director: according to
Sheminith: A musical term meaning instruments or on the instrument of eight strings
. b A Davidic psalm.

Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the
everyone/ human race: Literally, sons of man or sons of Adam
human race. d
2 They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. e
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully. f
4 They say, “Through our tongues we have power;
Lit That say, “By our tongues we are strengthened

our lips are our own – who can be our master?” h

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.” i

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

7 You, Lord, will guard us;
Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them

You will protect us
Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him
from this generation forever. m
8 The wicked wander
Lit walk about
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race. o
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