1 To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
2 Help, LORD; for there is no longer any that is godly; for the faithful have vanished from among the sons of men.
3 Every one utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
4 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
5 those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is our master?"
6 "Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."
7 The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
8 Do thou, O LORD, protect us, guard us ever from this generation. [ (Psalms 12:9) On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men. ]