God, a Helper against the Treacherous.

1 For the choir director; (a)upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.
Help, Lord, for (A)the godly man ceases to be,
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
They (B)speak (b)falsehood to one another;
With (C)flattering (c)lips and with a double heart they speak.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that (D)speaks great things;
Who (E)have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are (d)our own; who is lord over us?”
“Because of the (F)devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now (G)I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will (H)set him in the safety for which he longs.”
The (I)words of the Lord are pure words;
As silver (J)tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
You, O Lord, will keep them;
You will (K)preserve him from this generation forever.
The (L)wicked strut about on every side
When (e)(M)vileness is exalted among the sons of men.


a. Psalm 12:1: ['Or ', according to a lower octave, ' (Heb ', Sheminith, ')']
b. Psalm 12:2: ['Or ', emptiness]
c. Psalm 12:2: ['Lit ', lip]
d. Psalm 12:4: ['Lit ', with us]
e. Psalm 12:8: ['Or ', worthlessness]

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