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The first book of Psalms, song 12, New English Translation

Psalm 12

   For the music director; according to the sheminith style; a psalm of David.
   1 Deliver, LORD! For the godly have disappeared; people of integrity have vanished.
   2 People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive.
   3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!
   4 They say, "We speak persuasively; we know how to flatter and boast. Who is our master?"
   5 "Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action, " says the LORD. "I will provide the safety they so desperately desire."
   6 The LORD's words are absolutely reliable. They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground, where it is thoroughly refined.
   7 You, LORD, will protect them; you will continually shelter each one from these evil people,
   8 for the wicked seem to be everywhere, when people promote evil.

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