Yahweh will protect us (Ps 12:7-12: 8)

“Yahweh!

You will protect us!

You will guard us from this generation forever.

On every side

The wicked prowl.

As vileness is exalted among humankind.”

Now there is a direct appeal to Yahweh. Yahweh will protect the faithful ones and guard them from this wicked generation. These wicked people prowl around as their vileness is exalted everywhere. So ends this short psalm with a confident cry to Yahweh.

Yahweh promises to help the poor (Ps 12:5-12:6)

“‘The poor are despoiled.

Because the needy groan,

I will now rise up.’

Says Yahweh.

‘I will place them in the safety for which they long.’

The promises of Yahweh

Are promises that are pure.

The promises of Yahweh are silver refined

In a furnace on the ground,

Purified seven times.”

The pure are troubled as the needy groan. However, Yahweh hears them and promises to bring them to safety. What is great about this is that the promises of Yahweh are like refined purified silver. You do not have to worry about them. Yahweh never lies. He will come to the rescue of the poor.

The curse of David (Ps 12:3-12:4)

“May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips!

May Yahweh cut the tongue that makes great boasts!

Those who say.

‘With our tongues

We will prevail.

Our lips are our own.

Who is our master?’”

David wanted Yahweh to cut the flattering lips and the boastful tongues of all the unfaithful ones. They think that they can prevail with their own tongue as they say that they have no master. David was cursing them so that they will end up with cut tongues and bleeding lips because they were so boastful.

The wicked are all around us (Ps 12:1-12:2)

To the choirmaster leader, according to the Sheminith, a psalm of David.

“Help!

Yahweh!

There is no longer anyone who is godly.

The faithful have disappeared from humankind.

They utter lies to each other.

They speak

With flattering lips.

They speak

With a double heart.”

Once again, Psalm 12 is another short psalm like Psalm 11. However, there is this note about Sheminith, the Hebrew word for 8th so that it may mean to sing this psalm in an 8th key or octave, perhaps the lowest male note. This generally means a lament as the choirmaster must note this. As usual, this is also a psalm of David. However, there is no mention of stringed instrument like in Psalm 6. There is no mention of the circumstances of David in this short Psalm 12. He clearly wanted Yahweh to help him because there are no more faithful ones, no more godly people around him. Everyone was lying and using double speak. All the faithful ones had disappeared.