Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore;1 those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies2 to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.33
May the LORD silence all flattering lips4 and every boastful tongue--54
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail;6 our own lips will defend us--who is lord over us?"
"Because the poor are plundered7 and the needy groan,8 I will now arise,9" says the LORD. "I will protect them10 from those who malign them."
And the words of the LORD are flawless,11 like silver purified12 in a crucible,13 like golda refined seven times.
You, LORD, will keep the needy safe14 and will protect us forever from the wicked,158
who freely strut16 about while depravity is honored by the human race.