Psalm 12: Deliverance from Evil

Why did David think there were no godly people around?

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1 Kings 19:14 “Almighty God,” Elijah said, “I have fought hard for you, but the Israelites have broken their agreement with you. They trashed your altars and killed your prophets with their swords. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
1 Kings 19:18 I still have 7,000 people who have neither bowed before Baal nor kissed him.
Psalm 12:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Help, Lord, for the godly people are nowhere around. Those who were faithful to you are gone.
King James
1 Kings 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Psalm 12:1 <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.

Why would neighbors say what they don’t really mean? Is that practice helpful or harmful? Why?

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Psalm 12:2–3 Neighbors are lying to one another, with flattery saying what they don’t really mean. May God silence their deceptive lips and yank out their boastful tongues.
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Psalm 12:2–3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

What makes words too powerful to argue against?

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Psalm 12:4 They say, “Our words are too powerful for anybody to argue against what we decide is right.”
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Psalm 12:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Why are the poor and oppressed comforted by God’s promise?

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Psalm 12:5–6 But God says, “For the mistreated poor and cry of the oppressed, I am coming to save those who call upon me.”
God’s words are flawless, always to be trusted, like silver purified in a furnace, not once but seven times.
King James
Psalm 12:5–6 he 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. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Given the many persecutions and martyrs who have died for Christ, how is God keeping people safe from this evil generation?

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Psalm 12:7 Protect your people, Lord. Always keep them safe from this evil generation.
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Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Why are the wicked admired, worthy of a parade?

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Psalm 12:8 The wicked parade themselves in the streets, and the notoriously bad are idolized.
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Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.