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Psalm 12

Plea for Help in Evil Times

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


Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;

the faithful have disappeared from humankind.


They utter lies to each other;

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 tongues we will prevail;

our lips are our own—who is our master?”



“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,

I will now rise up,” says the Lord;

“I will place them in the safety for which they long.”


The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,

silver refined in a furnace on the ground,

purified seven times.



You, O Lord, will protect us;

you will guard us from this generation forever.


On every side the wicked prowl,

as vileness is exalted among humankind.

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