Oppression by the Wicked

For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm.

1 Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.a

References for Psalms 12:1

      2 They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
      3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
      4 They say, "Through our tongues we have power;b our lips are our own-who can be our master?"

      References for Psalms 12:4

        • b 12:4 - Lit That say, "By our tongues we are strengthened
          5 "Because of the oppression of the afflicted and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up," says the Lord. "I will put in a safe place the one who longs for it."
          6 The words of the Lord are pure words,c like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.

          References for Psalms 12:6

            • c 12:6 - Ps 18:30; 119:140; Pr 30:5
              7 You, Lord, will guard us;d You will protect use from this generation forever.

              References for Psalms 12:7

                • d 12:7 - Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them
                • e 12:7 - Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him
                  8 The wicked wanderf everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

                  References for Psalms 12:8

                    • f 12:8 - Lit walk about