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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

  • WILL
    BRUCE: EX. 6:3 GOD DID NOT REVEAL HIMSELF TO ABRAHAM,ISAAC, AND JACOB AS JEHOVAH. ASK YOURSELF WHY. MAYBE KNOWING HIS NAME IS NOT AS IMPORTANT TO GOD AS YOU THINK. IN EX. 6:6,7,8 HE GOES BACK TO CALLING HIMSELF "LORD". APPARANTLY THAT IS WHAT HE WANTS TO BE CALLED. YOU HAVE NO SPECIAL INSIDE TRACK WITH ANYONE JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEIR NAME. THE BIBLE IS WORD FOR WORD THE WAY GOD INTENDED.
  • Bruce
    Will: I Appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by The Name of God Almighty, But by My Name JEHOVAH was I not Known to Them. Exodus 6:3 / We now Know His Name, JEHOVAH.
  • WILL
    IN PSALM 83,DAVID TELLS GOD WHAT HIS NAME IS (JEHOVAH). IN EXODUS 3:13-14,GOD TELLS MOSES WHAT HIS NAME IS (I AM). I BELIEVE THAT GOD KNOWS HIS OWN NAME BETTER THAN SOMEONE ELSE CALLING HIM A NAME. IF THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDED WRITERS HAD THE RESPECT TO CALL GOD LORD INSTEAD OF JEHOVAH, THEN I BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME RESPECT.
  • Gregg
    God's name is Jehovah...Psalm 83:18...LORD in all caps is where Jehovah's name is supposed to be...but some writers did not include his name because some thought it was a sign of disrespect.
  • Bruce
    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.
  • WILL
    SORRY BRUCE BUT THE WORD JEHOVAH DOES NOT APPEAR IN PSALM 110 AT ALL. WHEN MOSES ASKED GOD WHO HE WAS, THE RESPONSE WAS "I AM", NOT JEHOVAH. JESUS SAID THAT "THE FATHER AND I ARE ONE". IS GODS NAME THEREFORE "JESUS" ? GOD OR LORD IN ALL CAPS IS GOD OR LORD. DON'T CHANGE ONE JOT OR TITTLE. THAT IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS !!!
  • Bruce
    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
    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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