Psalm 12

For the music leader. According to the Sheminith. A psalm of David.

1 Help, LORD, because the godly are all gone; the faithful have completely disappeared from the human race!

References for Psalms 12:1

    • a 12:1 - Perhaps a reference to an eight-string instrument; also in Ps 6
      2 Everyone tells lies to everyone else; they talk with slick speech and divided hearts.
      3 Let the LORD cut off all slick-talking lips and every tongue that brags and brags,
      4 that says, "We're unbeatable with our tongues! Who could get the best of us with lips like ours?"
      5 But the LORD says, "Because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy, I'm now standing up. I will provide the help they are gasping for."

      References for Psalms 12:5

        • b 12:5 - Heb uncertain
          6 The LORD's promises are pure, like silver that's been refined in an oven, purified seven times over!
          7 You, LORD, will keep us, protecting us from this generation forever.

          References for Psalms 12:7

            • c 12:7 - LXX; MT <i>keep them</i>
              8 The wicked roam all over the place, while depravity is praised by human beings.