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

  • Bill on Psalms 12:7
    Psalm 12 verse 7 shows that God preserves His Word. Therefore, we can trust a true translation of the Bible from the original received text such as KJV-not new KJV, not NIV, etc, where men's ideas of what God has said are presented.
  • Gloria on Psalms 12:8
    All this is true, But God! is still in control. We as believers must keep our eyes and faith upon our God. He told us in this world we would face this, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome it. He also said, No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that would rise to judge you shall be condemned. Yes, the wicked walk among us too, but remember, this when the thief is caught. It has to give back 7 times and their wealth is stored up for us. You just pray, they accept Jesus as Lord! before it is too late. Psalms 37 really tells you about the wicked and the end results. None of us is getting away with anything. We are all storing up treasures that we will one day reap, good or evil. God is our shepherd. You sow to the flesh and you will reap destructions. You sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life. It is only when you walk according to the Spirit Of God, there is no condemnations. Amen. Stay focus and obey God and pray for the lost and all will be ok
  • Marie on Psalms 12:8
    What does psalm 12:8 mean.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Psalms 12
    David felt surrounded by evil men who were being promoted to positions of power. They deceived and manipulated words to gain advantage, using their authority to oppress the poor. The LORD promises to cut these vile ones off and establish righteousness and justice. David takes comfort in his only reliable witness, the purified truth of God's preserved Word.
  • WILL on Psalms 12
    GOD or LORD in all caps is GOD or LORD. it can be nothing else. To make it something else is changing the holy, infallible word of GOD. We are instructed not to change one jot or one tittle. Who do you think GOD was talking to in GENESIS when HE said, "let US make man in OUR image? Was GOD talking to himself then?
  • Beesty68 - in Reply on Psalms 12
    He was talking to Christ the first light as in Gen 1:3
  • WILL - in Reply on Psalms 12
    Absolutely correct
  • Bruce on Psalms 12
    David is Telling us that Jehovah said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my Right Hand. Are you saying The Bible Says Jesus is Talking to Himself? Who's Sitting Next to Who. Who is Talking to Who? You Need to Talk with a Pastor. Get a Concordance, do a Word Study.You can look it up Yourself, Look for LORD and Lord. Ask Yourself why is One All Capital Letters and The Other is Not. Read John 6:44.
  • Bruce on Psalms 12
    Will: GOD or LORD with all Capital Letters is Jehovah. Psalm 110:1 Reads: Jehovah said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies they footstool. 12:3 Jehovah shall cut off all flattering lips and The tongue that speaketh proud things:
  • WILL on Psalms 12
    TO BSP: verse 3 says "THE LORD" not "JEHOVAH GOD". read it again. Then read in revelation where it says not to change one jot or tittle in the WORD OF GOD.


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