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Psalm 12 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 For the leader. On sh'minit [low-pitched musical instruments?]. A psalm of David: Help, ADONAI! For no one godly is left; the faithful have vanished from humankind. 2 They all tell lies to each other, flattering with their lips, but speaking from divided hearts. 3 May ADONAI cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks so proudly, 4 those who say, "By our tongues, we will prevail; our lips are with us. Who can master us?" 5 "Because the poor are oppressed, because the needy are groaning, I will now rise up," says ADONAI, "and grant security to those whom they scorn." 6 The words of ADONAI are pure words, silver in a melting-pot set in the earth, refined and purified seven times over. 7 You, ADONAI, protect us; guard us forever from this generation 8 the wicked strut about everywhere when vileness is held in general esteem.
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