Psalm 12



Oppression By The Wicked

1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

1 {To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.} Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

1 Help, LORD, for godly people no longer exist; trustworthy people have disappeared from humanity.

1 Help, Lord! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.

2 They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

2 Everyone speaks lies to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and hidden motives.

2 To his neighbor each one speaks words without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart [deceitfully] they speak.

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

3 The LORD will cut off all slippery lips, and the tongue that boasts great things,

3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongues that speak proud boasting,

4 Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"

4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

4 those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our lips belong to us. Who is master over us?"

4 Those who say, With our tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will] -- "who is lord and master over us?

5 "Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

5 "Because the poor are being oppressed, because the needy are sighing, I will now arise," says the LORD, "I will establish in safety those who yearn for it."

5 Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants.

6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

6 The words of the LORD are pure, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.

6 The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.

7 You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

7 You, LORD, will keep them safe, you will guard them from this generation forever.

7 You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and keep us from this [evil] generation forever.

8 The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

8 The wicked, however, keep walking around, exalting the vileness of human beings. To the Director: A Davidic Psalm.

8 The wicked walk or prowl about on every side, as vileness is exalted [and baseness is rated high] among the sons of men.



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