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Psalm 12. Salvum me fac.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Second Day - Evening Prayer.
  1. Help me, Lord, for there is no godly one left; *
    the faithful have vanished from among us.
  2. Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; *
    with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
  3. Oh, that the Lord would cut off all smooth tongues, *
    and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
  4. Those who say, "With our tongue will we prevail; *
    our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"
  5. "Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, *
    I will rise up," says the Lord, and give them the help they long for.
  6. The words of the Lord are pure words, *
    like silver refined from ore and purified seven times in the fire.
  7. O Lord, watch over us *
    and save us from this generation for ever.
  8. The wicked prowl on every side, *
    and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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