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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.

Commentary for Psalms 12

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.

Discussion for Psalms 12

  • David
    Iam amazed today how so many claim to know a God ? What God ? The God of allah ?the God of Buddah ? The God of Hindus ? So many Gods , God of the Hebrews ? This God name has become universal : it fits into satans end time agenda to bring altogether as one ; be not not deceived : the only true name given among men whereby they must be saved will only come by the name of JESUS CHRIST ( The Son ) !!
  • BSP
    We see the wicked walking about freely everywhere as verse 8 shows because moral corruptedness is promoted.
  • Irene123
    To Mockingbird on 'the pure word of God'. I agree with everything you said. I was a backslider from 1979 to 2014 -- aprox. 34 yrs. and over the last 2 yrs. of that - He gradually brought me back - and I didn't even know it was happening. His MERCY endureth forever........................
  • Jack Hughes
    Amen, this is a true verse that everyone should live by everyday but some don't because they are weak and think the world owes them a living !! They owe God their life and pure existence ! ,
  • MockingBird
    There was a question asked that because God s word says that His word is pure then why is it that not many keep His commandments : reason is that God gave man a free will : It is up to every individual to will to do God's will : God will not force Himself on anyone that does not want to serve Him. A lot of people are happy with just being saved and doing there own pleasures : But they do not have to stay that way : God is still waiting for those that are such. I myself have to make the decision every day that I will seek His face , His word to give me direction : To be able to walk in the pathway that He has already mapped out for me. It is never to late and your never to old or young to be in the will of God !!!

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The words of the Lord are like refined silver, purified how many times?
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