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, for 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.