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Psalm 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:1 - [fn]For the director of music. According to sheminith.[fn] A psalm of David. Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:2 - Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:3 - May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:4 - those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:5 - “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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:6 - And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[fn] refined seven times.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:7 - You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 12:8 - who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
Title: Probably a musical term
Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth

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