Psalm 12 New International Version

A Prayer for Help against the Wicked

12 1  [1][2]Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. 2  Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts. 3  May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue- 4  those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us-who is lord over us?" 5  "Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, 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 purified in a crucible, like gold[3] refined seven times. 7  You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, 8  who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.


[1] 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.

[2] 12:1 Title: Probably a musical term

[3] 12:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text "earth"

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