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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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Charles Allen's Psalms Chapter 12 comment about verse 5 on 2/12/2015, 2:53pm...

ll I need to say about the poor and needy is strictly based on the True Living Word of God Almighty. Any person, no matter who or what he or she claims to be, that shuts their ears to any person who is poor and needy, is no Christian at all. Such a person is seen by God as a merciless oppressor, cruel and wicked, which will not inherit the Kingdom of God. As like Matthew 25 v 31 to 46, there are many Scriptures in God 's Living Word which confirms the truth of this. Pass any beggar or a homeless person on the street, while you have sufficient to give, then you are passing the mercy of God by rejecting to love thy neighbour as thyself. Those who do this evil cruelty must know that God will give them what they deserve, and that is eternal punishment. Who knows? Maybe such a person may just be passing one of God 's Angels He sent in the form of a beggar so to test the heart of a so called Christian. This is not impossible, so to all you rich Christians beware, God knows and sees all.


MARY JAMES's Psalms Chapter 12 comment on 12/08/2014, 7:24am...



Mark's Psalms Chapter 12 comment about verse 6 on 11/28/2014, 9:01am...

A MEN Robert! Preach!!! Rodney, "The whole world lieth in wickedness " except for a minute few.Our individual responsibility is to trust and obey!While taking every opportunity given,to be ready,willing and able to aid in the ministry of reconciliation.Until our LORD 'S return,or our departure.


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