Psalm 12

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. 1 A Psalm of David.

Save, O Lord, for m the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2 Everyone n utters lies to his neighbor;
with o flattering lips and p a double heart they speak.

3 May the Lord cut off all o flattering lips,
the tongue that makes q great boasts,
4 those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?"

5 "Because r the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
s I will now arise," says the Lord;
"I will place him in the t safety for which he longs."
6 u The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

7 You, O Lord, will keep them;
you will guard us 2 from this generation forever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:1
    The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity.
    Micah 7:2
    The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 41:6
    And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
    Psalms 144:8
    Whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 5:9
    For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
    Jeremiah 9:8
    Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully; with his mouth each speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he plans an ambush for him.
    Romans 16:18
    For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
  4. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 12:33
    Of Zebulun 50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose.
    James 1:8
    He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 12:2
    Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
  6. Cross References
    Daniel 7:8
    I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
    Revelation 13:5
    And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
    Psalms 17:10
    They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 9:12
    For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 33:10
    Now I will arise," says the Lord, "now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.
    Psalms 82:8
    Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 55:18
    He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 18:30
    This God - his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
    Psalms 119:140
    Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
    Proverbs 30:5
    Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
    Psalms 19:8
    The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
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