Psalm 12
New American Standard Bible 1995NET Bible
1For the choir director; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David. Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.1For the music director; according to the sheminith style; a psalm of David. Deliver, LORD! For the godly have disappeared; people of integrity have vanished.
2They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.2People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive.
3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!
4Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"4They say, "We speak persuasively; we know how to flatter and boast. Who is our master?"
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."5"Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action," says the LORD. "I will provide the safety they so desperately desire."
6The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.6The LORD's words are absolutely reliable. They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground, where it is thoroughly refined.
7You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.7You, LORD, will protect them; you will continually shelter each one from these evil people,
8The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.8for the wicked seem to be everywhere, when people promote evil.
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Psalm 11
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