Psalm 12
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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. 1Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive. 2Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts! 3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
4They say, "We speak persuasively; we know how to flatter and boast. Who is our master?" 4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
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." 5“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
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. 6The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
7You, LORD, will protect them; you will continually shelter each one from these evil people, 7You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
8for the wicked seem to be everywhere, when people promote evil. 8On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
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Psalm 11
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