Psalms 12

God, a Helper against the Treacherous.

For the choir director;
Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.

1 Help,  Lord, for b  the godly man ceases to be,
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2They c  speak
Or emptiness
falsehood to one another;
With e  flattering
Lit lip
lips and with a double heart they speak.
3May the  Lord cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that g  speaks great things;
4Who h  have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are
Lit with us
our own; who is lord over us?”
5Because of the j  devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now k  I will arise,” says the  Lord; “I will l  set him in the safety for which he longs.”

6The m  words of the  Lord are pure words;
As silver n  tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
7You, O  Lord, will keep them;
You will o  preserve him from this generation forever.
8The p  wicked strut about on every side
Or worthlessness
r  vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

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