For the choir director; [a]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.
12 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 They speak [b]falsehood to one another; With flattering [c]lips and with a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things; 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are [d]our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. 8 The wicked strut about on every side When [e]vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Psalm 12:1Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
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