Old Testament

Psalm 12
Psalm 12
Proud Word vs. Pure Words
For the choir director. According to sheminith.[] A psalm by David.
The Proud Words of the Ungodly
1Save us, Lord, for the merciful have disappeared.
The faithful have vanished from among mankind.
2Everyone speaks falsehood to his neighbor.
Their flattering lips speak double-talk.[]
3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.
May he cut off every tongue that speaks boastfully,
4which says, “With our tongues we will establish our power.
We say whatever we please.[] Who is lord over us?”
The Pure Words of the Lord
5“Because of the destruction of the oppressed,
because of the groaning of the poor,
now I will rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will keep him safe from the one who puffs against him.”[]
6The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
7You, Lord, will keep them safe.
You will protect them from such people forever.
8The wicked strut around
when depravity is honored by the children of Adam.


  • 12:0 Sheminith is apparently derived from the Hebrew word for eight. It may refer to an eight-stringed instrument, to the bass voice, to low-pitched stringed instruments, or, most likely, to a method for tuning a stringed instrument (1 Chronicles 15:21).
  • 12:2 Literally speak with a heart and a heart
  • 12:4 Literally our lips are with us
  • 12:5 Or in the safety he desires