Psalm 12



This is a community lament when God's people are under the authority of liars in their leadership. Dishonesty is painful, it hurts not only the liar but the people. God says because the needy groan I will arise.

God rescues us, first through Christ then through people and circumstance. God will not rescue us on our terms but his when the time is right.


For the director of music. According to sheminith.

A psalm of David.

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. 2 Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue— 4 those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” 6 And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[c] refined seven times.

7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, 8 who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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