Psalm 12

For the music leader. According to the Sheminith. A psalm of David.

1 Help, LORD, because the godly are all gone; the faithful have completely disappeared from the human race!
2 Everyone tells lies to everyone else; they talk with slick speech and divided hearts.
3 Let the LORD cut off all slick-talking lips and every tongue that brags and brags,
4 that says, "We're unbeatable with our tongues! Who could get the best of us with lips like ours?"
5 But the LORD says, "Because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy, I'm now standing up. I will provide the help they are gasping for."
6 The LORD's promises are pure, like silver that's been refined in an oven, purified seven times over!
7 You, LORD, will keep us, protecting us from this generation forever.
8 The wicked roam all over the place, while depravity is praised by human beings.