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Psalm 12Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Plea for Help in Evil Times

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

12 Help, Lord; for there is no longer any that is godly;
    for the faithful have vanished from among the sons of men.
Every one utters lies to his neighbor;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
    our lips are with us; who is our master?”

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord;
    “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
    silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

Do thou, O Lord, protect us,
    guard us ever from this generation.
On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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