Psalm 12 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 12[a]

For the director of music. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.

  1. Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
  2. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
  3. May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
  4. those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
  5. “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
  6. And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[c] refined seven times.
  7. You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,
  8. who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.


a. Psalm 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
b. Psalm 12:1 Title: Probably a musical term
c. Psalm 12:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth

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Psalm 12 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.

  1. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; For the faithful fail from among the children of men.
  2. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: With flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
  3. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaketh proud things:
  4. Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; Our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
  5. For the oppression of the poor, Or the sighing of the needy, Now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
  6. The words of the LORD are pure words: As silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  7. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
  8. The wicked walk on every side, When the vilest men are exalted.