Oppression by the Wicked

1 For the choir director: according to Sheminith.(A) A Davidic psalm.
Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race.(B)
They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.(C)
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully.(D)
They say, “Through our tongues we have power;(a)
our lips are our own—who can be our master?”(E)
“Because of the oppression of the afflicted
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will put the one who longs for it in a safe place.”(F)
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.(G)
You, Lord, will guard us;(b)
You will protect us(c) from this generation forever.(H)
The wicked wander(d) everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.(I)


a. Psalm 12:4: Lit That say, “By our tongues we are strengthened
b. Psalm 12:7: Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them
c. Psalm 12:7: Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him
d. Psalm 12:8: Lit walk about

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