Psalms 12

Psalm 121

For the music director; according to the sheminith style;2 a psalm of David.

12:1 Deliver, Lord!

For the godly3 have disappeared;4

people of integrity5 have vanished.6

12:2 People lie to one another;7

they flatter and deceive.8

12:3 May the Lord cut off9 all flattering lips,

and the tongue that boasts!10

12:4 They say,11 “We speak persuasively;12

we know how to flatter and boast.13

Who is our master?”14

12:5 “Because of the violence done to the oppressed,15

because of the painful cries16 of the needy,

I will spring into action,”17 says the Lord.

“I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.”18

12:6 The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable.19

They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,

where it is thoroughly refined.20

12:7 You, Lord, will protect them;21

you will continually shelter each one from these evil people,22

12:8 for the wicked seem to be everywhere,23

when people promote evil.24

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