Psalms 12

PSALM 12

Psalms 12:1-8 . The pride and deceit of the wicked provokes God's wrath, whose promise to avenge the cause of pious sufferers will be verified even amidst prevailing iniquity.

1. the faithful--or literally, "faithfulness" ( Psalms 31:23 ).

2. The want of it is illustrated by the prevalence of deceit and instability.

3, 4. Boasting ( Daniel 7:25 ) is, like flattery, a species of lying.
lips, and . . . tongue--for persons.

5. The writer intimates his confidence by depicting God's actions (compare Psalms 9:19 , 10:12 ) as coming to save the poor at whom the wicked sneer ( Psalms 10:5 ).

6. The words--literally, "saying of" ( Psalms 12:5 ).
seven times--thoroughly ( Daniel 3:19 ).

7. them--(Margin.)

8. The wicked roam undisturbed doing evil, when vileness and vile men are exalted.

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