A Plea For Help In Evil Times: Psalm 12

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To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David
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Help, O LORD, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
     the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
They utter lies to each other;
     with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
     the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, "With our tongues we will prevail;
     our lips are our own--who is our master?"

"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."
The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure,
     silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
     purified seven times.

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

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