Psalm 12

1 For the leader. On sh'minit [low-pitched musical instruments?]. A psalm of David: Help, ADONAI! For no one godly is left; the faithful have vanished from humankind.
2 They all tell lies to each other, flattering with their lips, but speaking from divided hearts.
3 May ADONAI cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks so proudly,
4 those who say, "By our tongues, we will prevail; our lips are with us. Who can master us?"
5 "Because the poor are oppressed, because the needy are groaning, I will now rise up," says ADONAI, "and grant security to those whom they scorn."
6 The words of ADONAI are pure words, silver in a melting-pot set in the earth, refined and purified seven times over.
7 You, ADONAI, protect us; guard us forever from this generation
8 the wicked strut about everywhere when vileness is held in general esteem.
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