The 12th Psalm. Salvum me fac Domine.

To sing this Psalm, see the Psalm Tones.
 
1

Help, Lord! for the god- | ly ( man ) ceaseth;*
for the faithful fail from the | children ( of ) men.

2

They speak vanity every one | with ( his ) neighbor;*
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 | speaketh ( proud ) things,

4

who have said, With our | tongue ( will we ) prevail;*
our lips are with us; who is | lord ov- ( er ) us?

5

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the need- | y,†
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 words that | are pure,†
as silver tried | in ( a ) furnace,*
on the earth, pur- | ified ( seven ) 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 vileness is exalted among the | children ( of ) men.

Glory be to the Father, | and ( to ) the Son,*
and to the | Holy ( Spir- ) it;
as it was in the beginning, both | now ( and ) ever,*
and unto ages of | ages. ( A- ) men.

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Martin Luther’s hymn “O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, Behold” is a metrical setting of this psalm.