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 [^1] 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.