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Psalm 12


For the director of music.  According to sheminith.[a]  A psalm of David.



1                    Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.


2                    Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.


3                    May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue


4                    that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips [b] -- who is our master?”


5                    “Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD.  “I will protect them from those who malign them.”


6                    And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.


7                    O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.


8                    The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.

[a]Title: Probably a musical term

[b]4 Or / our lips are our plowshares