Psalm 12 King James Version

A Prayer for Help against the Wicked

12 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double [1] heart do they speak. 3  The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud [2] things: 4  Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 5  For 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 puffeth [3] at him. 6  The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7  Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 8  The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men [4] are exalted.

Footnotes

[1] 12:2 a double...: Heb. an heart and an heart

[2] 12:3 proud: Heb. great

[3] 12:5 puffeth...: or, would ensnare him

[4] 12:8 men: Heb. of the sons of the men

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