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Psalm 12

Oppression by the Wicked

For the choir director: according to * Sheminith. y A Davidic psalm.

Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;

the loyal have disappeared from the * human race. z

2 They lie to one another;

they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. a

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips

and the tongue that speaks boastfully. b

They say, “Through our tongues we have power; c

our lips are our own—who can be our master?” d

“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.” e

The words of the Lord are pure words,

like silver refined in an earthen furnace,

purified seven times. f

You, Lord, will guard us; g

You will protect us h from this generation forever. i

The wicked wander j everywhere,

and what is worthless is exalted by the human race. k


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

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