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


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Psalms Chapter 12 Bible commentary...

The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust.

- This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, #2Ti 3:1, &c.|: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.


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Favour's Psalms Chapter 12 comment about verse 6 on 3/09/2015, 4:00pm...

Gods word cant fail it has been tried in d funace of earth meaning there is no situation or problem on earth dat is greater than Gods word it adreses all things as touching life His word stands for ever.thank God for His faithfulness


MockingBird's Psalms Chapter 12 comment about verse 6 on 3/07/2015, 11:48am...

The word of God is truly pure. : undefiled : His word can be trusted. His word is faithful : Because the word of God is purified , that does not mean that it is obeyed by all : there are a select few that do obey His word : act on it There have already been some in God 's word that is recorded that God is pleased with. If we : I love Jesus I will keep His commandments . I want to be one of those that my Lord God will be able to say : ' Well done thou good and faithful servant. "


Forgiven's Psalms Chapter 12 comment on 3/07/2015, 10:03am...

Amen on verse 6. The Words of the Lord are pure words worth more than all the silver and gold in the world. Whoever has God 's word to lead and guide him, but has no earthly possessions is richer than somebody who owns the whole world but doesn 't know Jesus.


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