12 Please help me, Lord! All who were faithful and all who were loyal have disappeared. 2 Everyone tells lies, and no one is sincere. 3 Won’t you chop off all flattering tongues that brag so loudly? 4 They say to themselves, “We are great speakers. No one else has a chance.”
5 But you, Lord, tell them, “I will do something! The poor are mistreated and helpless people moan. I’ll rescue all who suffer.”
6 Our Lord, you are true to your promises, and your word is like silver heated seven times in a fiery furnace.[b] 7 You will protect us and always keep us safe from those people. 8 But all who are wicked will keep on strutting, while everyone praises their shameless deeds.[c]
Psalm 12leader: The Hebrew text adds “according to the sheminith,” which may be a musical instrument with eight strings.
12.6in a fiery furnace: The Hebrew text has “in a furnace to the ground,” which may describe part of a process for refining silver in Old Testament times.
12.8while. . . deeds: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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