The Psalms

Psalm 12

David, destitute of human comfort, craves help from God, 1, 2. He comforts himself with God's promises and judgments on the wicked, 3-8.

1 [To the Chief Musician upon Sheminith. A Psalm of David.] Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases, for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

2 They each speak vanity with his neighbor. With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things,

4 Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?"

5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise," says the LORD. "I will set him in safety from him who puffs at him."

6 The words of the LORD are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation forever.

8 The wicked walk on every side when the vilest men are exalted.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 12