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The Faithful Have Vanished

1 To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David. Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
4 those 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.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us2 from this generation forever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
2 Or guard him
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