Psalms 12

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.

1 [a][b]Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
3 May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
4 those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
6 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[c] refined seven times.
7 You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalms 12 Commentary

Chapter 12

The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust.

- This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti. 3:1 , &c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Cross References 16

  • 1. Isaiah 57:1; Micah 7:2
  • 2. Psalms 5:6; Psalms 34:13; Psalms 141:3; Proverbs 6:19; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 13:3; Isaiah 32:7
  • 3. Psalms 10:7; Psalms 41:6; Psalms 55:21; S Psalms 5:9; Romans 16:18
  • 4. Proverbs 26:28; Proverbs 28:23
  • 5. Psalms 73:9; Daniel 7:8; James 3:5; Revelation 13:5
  • 6. Proverbs 18:21; James 3:6
  • 7. Psalms 44:24; Psalms 62:10; Psalms 72:14; Psalms 73:8; Ecclesiastes 4:1; Ecclesiastes 5:8; Isaiah 3:15; Isaiah 5:7; Isaiah 30:12; Isaiah 59:13; Acts 7:34
  • 8. S Psalms 6:6
  • 9. Psalms 3:7
  • 10. Psalms 10:18; Psalms 34:6; Psalms 35:10
  • 11. S 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalms 18:30; Proverbs 30:5
  • 12. S Job 23:10; S Job 28:1; Isaiah 48:10; Zechariah 13:9
  • 13. Psalms 119:140
  • 14. Psalms 16:1; Psalms 27:5
  • 15. Psalms 37:28; John 17:12
  • 16. Psalms 55:10-11

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
  • [b]. Title: Probably a musical term
  • [c]. Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text "earth"

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Psalms 12 Commentaries

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