Psalm 12 ©

1 David complaining of the perfidiousness of mankind desireth the help of God: 3 he comforteth himself in the assurance of God's judgments on the wicked, 6 and in the faithfulness of his promises to protect the righteous.


To the chief Musician 1upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.


HELP,2 LORD; for athe godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.


They bspeak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with 3a double heart do they speak.


The cLORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh 4proud things:


Who dhave said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips 5are our own: who is lord over us?


eFor the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that 6puffeth at him.


The fwords of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.


gThou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve 7them from this generation for ever.


hThe wicked walk on every side, when 8the vilest men are exalted.