To the Director: On an eight stringed harp.[a] A Davidic Psalm.
Human and Divine Words Contrasted
12 Help, Lord, for godly people no longer exist; trustworthy people have disappeared from humanity.[b] 2 Everyone speaks lies to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and hidden motives.[c] 3 The Lord will cut off all slippery lips, and the tongue that boasts great things, 4 those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our lips belong to us. Who is master[d] over us?” 5 “Because the poor are being oppressed, because the needy are sighing, I will now arise,” says the Lord, “I will establish in safety those who yearn for it.” 6 The words of the Lord are pure, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over. 7 You, Lord, will keep them[e] safe, you will guard them[f] from this generation forever. 8 The wicked, however,[g] keep walking around, exalting the vileness of human beings.[h]
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