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Psalm 12

For the choir director; on the sheminith; a psalm by David.

Help, O Yahweh.
    No godly person is left.
    Faithful people have vanished from among Adam’s descendants!
All people speak foolishly.
    They speak with flattering lips. They say one thing but mean another.
May Yahweh cut off every flattering lip
    and every bragging tongue
        that has said,
            “We will overcome with our tongues.
                With lips such as ours, who can be our master?”

“Because oppressed people are robbed and needy people groan,
    I will now arise,” says Yahweh.
    “I will provide safety for those who long for it.”
The promises of Yahweh are pure,
    like silver refined in a furnace[a] and purified seven times.
O Yahweh, you will protect them.
    You will keep each one safe from those people forever.
Wicked people parade around
    when immorality increases among Adam’s descendants.


  1. Psalm 12:6 Hebrew meaning uncertain.