For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
1 Help, Lord! No one does what is right anymore. Those who are faithful have disappeared from the human race. 2 Everyone tells lies to their neighbors. With their lips they praise others, but they don’t really mean it.
3 May the Lord close all lips that don’t mean what they say. May he stop every tongue that brags. 4 They say, “What we speak with our tongues will win the battle. What we say with our lips will keep us safe. No one will have victory over us.”
5 The Lord says, “The poor are being robbed. Those who are in need groan. So I will stand up to help them. I will keep them safe from those who tell lies about them.” 6 The words of the Lord are perfect. They are like silver made pure in a clay furnace. They are like gold made pure seven times over.
7 Lord, you will keep needy people safe. You will always keep sinners from hurting us. 8 Proud and sinful people walk around openly when the evil they do is praised by the human race.
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