The Faithful Have Vanished

Psalm 12

1 Help, 1 LORD, for the godly man a ceases!
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2 b They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;
With flattering lips and 2 a double heart they speak.

3 May the LORD 3 cut off all flattering lips,
And the tongue that speaks 4 proud things,
4 Who have said,
"With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are our own;
Who is lord over us?"

5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise," says the LORD;
"I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."
6 The words of the LORD are c pure words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.

7 You shall keep them, O LORD,
You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
8 The wicked prowl on every side,
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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