Psalm 12:7
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New International Version
You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,

New Living Translation
Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation,

English Standard Version
You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

New American Standard Bible
You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You, LORD, will guard us; You will protect us from this generation forever.

International Standard Version
You, LORD, will keep them safe, you will guard them from this generation forever.

NET Bible
You, LORD, will protect them; you will continually shelter each one from these evil people,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you, Lord Jehovah, will keep them; redeem me and save me, from this generation to eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, you will protect them. You will keep each one safe from those people forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation forever.

American King James Version
You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation for ever.

American Standard Version
Thou wilt keep them, O Jehovah, Thou wilt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us.: and keep us from this generation for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou, Jehovah, wilt keep them, thou wilt preserve them from this generation for ever.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

World English Bible
You will keep them, Yahweh. You will preserve them from this generation forever.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou, O Jehovah, dost preserve them, Thou keepest us from this generation to the age.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-8 The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust. - This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti 3:1, c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Thou shalt keep them, O Lord. God having promised to set the righteous, who are oppressed, in a place of safety (ver. 5), the psalmist is sure that he will keep them and preserve them from the wicked "generation," which has possession of the earth, and bears rule in it, always. It is, no doubt, for the greater consolation and encouragement of these unfortunates that he dwells on the subject, and adds his own assurances to the Divine promise which he has recorded. Man's faith is so weak that, unless promises and assurances are reiterated, they make little impression. Thou shalt preserve them (Hebrew, him) from this generation for ever. The "generation" is that of the worldly men in power at the time, of whom we have heard in Psalm 3:1, 2, 6, 7; Psalm 4:2; Psalm 5:4-6, 9, 10; Psalm 6:8; Psalm 7:1, 2, 9, 13-16; Psalm 10:2-11, 15; Psalm 11:2, 3, 6. "For ever" means "so long as they live." The substitution of "him' for "them" in this clause is an instance of that generalization by which a whole class is summed up in a single individual - " all men" in "man," "all good men" in "the righteous" (צַדִּיק), and the like.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shall keep them, O Lord,.... Not the words before mentioned, as Aben Ezra explains it, for the affix is masculine and not feminine; not but God has wonderfully kept and preserved the sacred writings; and he keeps every word of promise which he has made; and the doctrines of the Gospel will always continue from one generation to another; but the sense is, that God will keep the poor and needy, and such as he sets in safety, as Kimchi rightly observes: they are not their own keepers, but God is the keeper of them; he keeps them by his power, and in his Son, in whose hands they are, and who is able to keep them from falling; they are kept by him from a total and final falling away; from the dominion and damning power of sin, and from being devoured by Satan, and from the evil of the world: and this the psalmist had good reason to believe, because of the love of God to them, his covenant with them, and the promises of safety and salvation he has made unto them;

thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever; or "thou shalt preserve him" (p); that is, everyone of the poor and needy, from the wicked generation of men in which they live, from being corrupted or intimidated by them; and who are described in the beginning of the psalm. Some take these words to be a prayer, "keep thou them, O Lord, and preserve them", &c. (q); and so the following words may be thought to be a reason or argument enforcing the request.

(p) "custodies eum", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. (q) "Custodi eum", Tigurine version, Vatablus, "custodito eorum quemque", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. them—(Margin.)

Psalm 12:7 Additional Commentaries
Help, for the Godly are No More
6The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. 8The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Cross References
Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 37:28
For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 97:10
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation for ever.

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Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in you do I put my trust.

Psalm 37:28,40 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are …

Psalm 121:8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this …

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they …

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Isaiah 27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them …

them, Heb. him, i.e. every one of them

Psalm 10:18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

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