Psalm 12:1
New International Version
For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David. Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument. Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!

English Standard Version
Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. According to Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David. Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Help, LORD, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.

Contemporary English Version
Please help me, LORD! All who were faithful and all who were loyal have disappeared.

Good News Translation
Help us, LORD! There is not a good person left; honest people can no longer be found.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm. Help, LORD, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.

International Standard Version
Help, LORD, for godly people no longer exist; trustworthy people have disappeared from humanity.

NET Bible
For the music director; according to the sheminith style; a psalm of David. Deliver, LORD! For the godly have disappeared; people of integrity have vanished.

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.] Help, LORD; for the faithful ceases. For the loyal have vanished from among the children of man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save, Lord Jehovah, because the good man is finished and faith has ceased from the Earth!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; on the [sheminith]; a psalm by David.] Help, O LORD. No godly person is left. Faithful people have vanished from among Adam's descendants!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader; on the Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

New American Standard 1977
Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Help, LORD; for the merciful man ceases, for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

King James 2000 Bible
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

American King James Version
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

American Standard Version
Help, Jehovah; for the godly man ceaseth; For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, A Psalm of David, upon the eighth. Save me, O Lord; for the godly man has failed; for truth is diminished from among the children of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end; for the octave, a psalm for David. Save me, O Lord, for there is now no saint: truths are decayed from among the children of men.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. Upon Sheminith. A Psalm of David.} Save, Jehovah, for the godly man is gone; for the faithful have failed from among the children of men.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician; set to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Help, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases. For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer, on the octave. -- A Psalm of David. Save, Jehovah, for the saintly hath failed, For the stedfast have ceased From the sons of men:
Study Bible
The Godly are No More
1For the choirmaster. According to Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. 2They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 15:21
and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead the music with lyres according to Sheminith.

Proverbs 20:6
Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; devout men are swept away, with none considering that the righteous are guided from the presence of evil.

Micah 7:2
The godly man has perished from the earth; there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; they hunt each other with a net.

Treasury of Scripture

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

(Title.

Psalm 6:1
To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

1 Chronicles 15:21
And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel.

Help.

Psalm 3:7
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Psalm 6:4
Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

Psalm 54:1
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

godly

Genesis 6:12
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Isaiah 1:9,21,22
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah…

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

faithful

Proverbs 20:6
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Isaiah 59:4,13-15
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity…







Lexicon
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֥חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

According to
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Sheminith.
הַשְּׁמִינִ֗ית (haš·šə·mî·nîṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8067: An eight-stringed lyre

A Psalm
מִזְמ֥וֹר (miz·mō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4210: Instrumental music, a poem set to notes

of David.
לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

Help,
הוֹשִׁ֣יעָה (hō·wō·šî·‘āh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

O LORD,
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

for
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the godly
חָסִ֑יד (ḥā·sîḏ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2623: Kind, pious

are no more;
גָמַ֣ר (ḡā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1584: To end, come to an end, complete

the faithful
אֱ֝מוּנִ֗ים (’ĕ·mū·nîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 539: To confirm, support

have vanished
פַ֥סּוּ (p̄as·sū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6461: To disperse, disappear

from among
מִבְּנֵ֥י (mib·bə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

men.
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being
(1) Ceaseth.--Intransitive, as in Psalm 7:9.

The faithful.--The Vulg. and Syriac treat this word as abstract: "truth," "faithfulness." So Ewald; but the parallelism here, as in Psalm 31:23, requires it in the concrete. (Comp. 2Samuel 20:19.) The Hebrew is cognate with "amen," and Luther has "amen's leute," people as good as their word.

Verse 1. - Help, Lord; rather, Save, Lord, as in the margin (comp. Psalm 20:9; Psalm 28:9; Psalm 60:5, etc.). For the godly man ceaseth. "Ceaseth," i.e., "out of the land " - either slain or driven into exile. We must make allowance for poetic hyperbole. For the faithful fail from among the children of men (compare, for the sentiment, Micah 7:2). The writer, for the moment, loses sight of the "remnant" - the "little flock " - which assuredly remained, and of which he speaks in vers. 5 and 7. 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.
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