Book of Psalms, psalm 12

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

a) 12.1 upon…: or, upon the eighth

b) 12.1 Help: or, Save

c) 12.2 a double…: Heb. an heart and an heart

d) 12.3 proud: Heb. great

e) 12.4 are…: Heb. are with us

f) 12.5 puffeth…: or, would ensnare him

g) 12.7 them from: Heb. him, etc: that is, every one of them, etc

h) 12.8 men: Heb. of the sons of the men