Psalm 12

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Ps12

God will

Keep you safe from

flattering lips, and tongues

speaking shameful things

For the director of music. For sheminith. A psalm of David.

Help, Lord! Those who do what is right are gone.
      Those who are faithful have disappeared from the earth.
 

2 Everyone tells lies to his neighbours.
      With his lips he praises others, but he doesn’t really mean it.
 

3 May the Lord cut off all lips that don’t mean what they say.
      May he cut out every tongue that brags.
 

4 They say, “We will win the battle with our tongues.
      Our lips belong to us. No one else is in charge of us.”
 

5 The Lord says, “The weak are beaten down.
      Those who are in need groan.
   So I will stand up to help them.
      I will keep them safe from those who tell lies about them.”
 

6 The words of the Lord are perfect.
      They are like silver made pure in a clay furnace.
      They are like silver made pure seven times over.
 

7 Lord, you will keep us safe.
      You will always keep sinners from hurting us.
 

8 Proud and sinful people walk around openly
      when the evil they do is praised by others.

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