To sing this psalm, see the Psalm Tones.
1 Help, Lord; for the | god- ( ly man ) ceas- eth;*
for the faithful fail from among the | child- ren ( of ) men.
2 They speak vanity every one | with ( his ) neigh- bor:*
with flattering lips and with a double | heart do ( they ) speak.
3 The Lord shall cut off all | flat- ( ter- ) ing lips,*
and the tongue that | speak- eth ( proud ) things:
4 who have said, With our | tongue ( will we ) pre- vail;*
our lips are our own: who is | lord ov- ( er ) us?
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I a- | rise, ( saith ) the Lord;*
I will set him in the safety for | which he ( pant- ) eth.
6 The words of the | Lord ( are ) pure words:*
as silver tried in a furnace of earth, puri- | fied sev- ( en ) times.
7 Thou shalt | keep ( them ) O Lord,*
Thou shalt preserve them from this genera- | tion for- ( ev- ) er.
8 The wicked | walk ( on ev- ) ’ry side,*
when the vilest men | are ex- ( alt- ) ed.
Glory be to the Father | and ( to ) the Son*
and | to the ( Ho- ly ) Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and | ev- ( er ) shall be,*
world | with- out ( end. A- ) men.
Martin Luther’s hymn “O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, Behold” is a metrical setting of this psalm.