For the director of music. Upon the ·sheminith [L eighth; C a reference to an eight-stringed instrument or possibly the manner of singing]. A psalm of David.
12 Save me, Lord, because the ·good [faithful; godly; covenantal; loyal] people are all gone; ·no true believers are left on earth [L the faithful have vanished among humanity]. 2 Everyone ·lies [L speaks falsehood] to his neighbors; they ·say one thing and mean another [speak with flattering lips and with a double heart/L heart and heart]. 3 The Lord will ·stop [L cut off] those flattering lips and those bragging tongues. 4 They say, “Our tongues will ·help us win [prevail]. ·We can say what we wish [L Our lips belong to us]; ·no one [L who…?] is our master.”
5 But the Lord says, “I will now rise up, because the ·poor [weak] are ·being hurt [destroyed; plundered; oppressed]. Because of the ·moans [groans; sighs] of the ·helpless [needy], I will give them the ·help [victory] they ·want [long for].” 6 The Lord’s ·words [or promises] are ·pure [flawless], like silver ·purified [refined] ·by fire [or in a furnace], ·purified [refined] seven times over [18:30; 119:140].
7 Lord, you will ·keep us safe [L guard/protect them]; you will always ·protect [guard] us from such ·people [a generation]. 8 But the wicked ·are [L walk] all around us; ·everyone loves what is wrong [L what is vile is lifted up among the sons of man/humanity].
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