Psalm 12
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 12

Plea for Help in Evil Times

To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

1Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
    the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
2They utter lies to each other;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
4those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
    our lips are our own—who is our master?”

5“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
    I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
    “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
6The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
    silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

7You, O Lord, will protect us;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
8On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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