Psalms 12:1-4

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?”

Psalms 12:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
ESV
1 Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
NLT
1 Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!
MSG
1 Quick, God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down, All the friends I depended on gone.
CSB
1 Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.

Psalms 12:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 12:1-4 In-Context

1 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 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.

Cross References 6

  • 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

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
  • [b]. Title: Probably a musical term
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