Psalm 12 New Living Translation

A Prayer for Help against the Wicked

12 1  Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth! 2  Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. 3  May the Lord cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues. 4  They say, "We will lie to our hearts' content. Our lips are our own-who can stop us?" 5  The Lord replies, "I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do." 6  The Lord 's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. 7  Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, 8  even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

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