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Psalm 11

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple

To the choirmaster. Of David.

1In the Lord I take refuge;

how can you say to my soul,

“Flee like a bird to your mountain,

2for behold, the wicked bend the bow;

they have fitted their arrow to the string

to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

3if the foundations are destroyed,

what can the righteous do?”1

4The Lord is in his holy temple;

the Lord's throne is in heaven;

his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

5The Lord tests the righteous,

but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

6Let him rain coals on the wicked;

fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

7For the Lord is righteous;

he loves righteous deeds;

the upright shall behold his face.

Footnotes

  • 1 11:3 Or for the foundations will be destroyed; what has the righteous done?

Psalm 12

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David.

1Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;

for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

2Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;

with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,

the tongue that makes great boasts,

4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,

our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

5“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,

I will now arise,” says the Lord;

“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

6The words of the Lord are pure words,

like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,

purified seven times.

7You, O Lord, will keep them;

you will guard us2 from this generation forever.

8On every side the wicked prowl,

as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Footnotes

  • 1 12:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 12:7 Or guard him