1 «To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.» Help, LORD; for theWho dare defend the truth and show mercy to the oppressed.godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with]He means the flatters of the court which hurt him more with their tongues than with their weapons.flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.
3 The Lorde cut off all flattering lippes, and the tongue that speaketh proude things:
4 Who have said,They think themselves able to persuade whatever they take in hand.With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?
5 The Lord is moved with the complaints of his, and delivers in the end from all danger.For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I willBecause the Lord's word and promise is true and unchangeable he will perform it and preserve the poor from this wicked generation.set [him] in safety [from him that] puffeth at him.
6 The wordes of the Lorde are pure wordes, as the siluer, tried in a fornace of earth, fined seuen folde.
7 Thou shalt keepThat is, yours though was only one man.them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side,For they suppress the godly and maintain the wicked.when the vilest men are exalted.