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Psalm 12 (New Living Translation)

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1 For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument. a 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 insincere hearts. 3 May the LORD bring their flattery to an end and silence their proud 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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