Psalm 12

For the [music] director; on the Sheminith. A psalm of David.

Human Faithlessness and God’s Faithfulness

1 Save, O Yahweh, for [the] pious have ceased [to be]; for [the] faithful have vanished from [among the] children of humankind.
2 They speak falseness {to each other}. [With] flattering lips, [with] {a double heart} they speak.
3 May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, [the] tongue speaking great boasts--
4 [those] who say, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips [are] on our side. Who [is] master over us?"
5 "Because of [the] oppression of [the] afflicted, because of [the] groaning of [the] poor, now I will rise up," Yahweh says. "I shall put [them] in [the] safety [for which] they long."
6 The words of Yahweh [are] pure words [like] silver refined in the crucible on the ground, refined seven times.
7 You, O Yahweh, will protect them. You will preserve him from this generation always.
8 [The] wicked prowl about when vileness [is] exalted among [the] children of humankind.
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