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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 12

Introduction

1David, destitute of human comfort, craves help of God.
3He comforts himself with God's promises, and his judgments on the wicked.

Verse 1

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
(Title
&) Sheminith. or, The eighth.
6:1; *title; 1 Chronicles 15:21
Help
or, Save.
3:7; 6:4; 54:1; Matthew 8:25; 14:30
godly
Genesis 6:12; Isaiah 1:9,21,22; 57:1; 63:5; Jeremiah 5:1; Micah 7:1,2; Matthew 24:12
faithful
Proverbs 20:6; Isaiah 59:4,13-15
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 13:14 - he died; 1 Chronicles 12:17 - If ye be come; 1 Chronicles 15:21 - Sheminith to excel; 1 Chronicles 16:7 - into the hand; Job 30:25 - was; Psalm 6:1 - Sheminith; Psalm 60:4 - because; Ecclesiastes 7:28 - one; Isaiah 59:15 - truth; Amos 7:2 - for; Habakkuk 1:3 - General; 2 Peter 2:9 - the godly

Verse 2

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
They
10:7; 36:3,4; 38:12; 41:6; 52:1-4; 59:12; 144:8,11; Jeremiah 9:2-6,8
flattering
5:9; 28:3; 62:4; Proverbs 20:19; 29:5; Ezekiel 12:24; Romans 16:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:5
a double heart
Heb. an heart and an heart.
1 Chronicles 12:33; *marg:; James 1:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 29:19 - General; Genesis 34:13 - deceitfully; Judges 8:18 - As thou art; Judges 16:6 - General; 1 Samuel 18:17 - her will I give; 2 Samuel 11:8 - there followed him; 2 Samuel 13:24 - let the king; 2 Samuel 15:3 - thy matters; 1 Kings 22:30 - and enter into the battle; 1 Chronicles 12:17 - If ye be come; 2 Chronicles 18:29 - put thou on thy robes; Nehemiah 6:2 - they thought; Nehemiah 6:10 - Let us meet; Job 17:5 - He that; Job 31:5 - walked; Job 32:22 - I know not; Psalm 50:19 - tongue; Psalm 60:4 - because; Proverbs 7:21 - With her; Proverbs 10:18 - that hideth; Proverbs 12:5 - counsels; Proverbs 23:7 - Eat; Proverbs 26:25 - speaketh fair; Isaiah 58:9 - speaking; Isaiah 59:15 - truth; Jeremiah 9:4 - ye heed; Jeremiah 12:6 - though; Daniel 11:27 - shall be to; Habakkuk 1:3 - General; Matthew 2:8 - that; Matthew 15:11 - but; Matthew 22:16 - we know; Mark 12:14 - Master; Luke 6:45 - and an; Luke 20:21 - Master; Acts 12:22 - General; Acts 23:20 - as; Acts 24:2 - Seeing; 1 Timothy 3:8 - doubletongued; James 3:5 - so

Verse 3

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
cut
Job 32:22
tongue
17:10; 73:8,9; Exodus 15:9; 1 Samuel 2:3; 17:43,44; 2 Kings 19:23,24; Isaiah 10:10; Ezekiel 28:2,9; 29:3; Daniel 4:30,31; 7:8,25; Malachi 3:13; 2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:16; Revelation 13:5
proud
Heb. great.
Proverbs 18:21
Reciprocal: Job 17:5 - He that; Psalm 5:9 - they; Psalm 31:18 - the lying; Psalm 36:3 - The words; Psalm 36:11 - foot; Psalm 50:19 - tongue; Psalm 94:23 - cut them; Psalm 140:11 - an evil speaker; Proverbs 12:5 - counsels; Proverbs 14:3 - the mouth; Jeremiah 9:4 - ye heed; Jeremiah 23:36 - for every; Jeremiah 43:2 - all the; Matthew 2:8 - that; Acts 24:2 - Seeing; Romans 3:13 - with their; 1 Thessalonians 2:5 - used

Verse 4

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
With
Jeremiah 18:18; James 3:5,6
our own
Heb. with us. who.
Genesis 3:5; Exodus 5:2; Job 21:14,15; Jeremiah 2:31; Daniel 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Reciprocal: Judges 17:6 - right; Judges 21:25 - right; Psalm 17:10 - with; Psalm 39:1 - that I; Psalm 73:8 - speak wickedly; Psalm 100:3 - not we ourselves; Psalm 140:11 - an evil speaker; Isaiah 36:18 - lest; Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal; Jeremiah 44:17 - whatsoever; Hosea 7:16 - the rage; Romans 3:13 - with their; 1 Corinthians 6:19 - and ye; 2 Peter 2:10 - despise

Verse 5

For the 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.
oppression
10:12; 74:21,22; 79:10,11; 146:7,8; Exodus 2:23,24; 3:7-9; Judges 10:16; Proverbs 14:31; 22:22,23; Ecclesiastes 4:1; 5:8; Isaiah 19:20; Ezekiel 18:12,13,18; James 5:4
now
Isaiah 33:10; Micah 7:8,9
puffeth at
or, would ensnare.
10:5; Job 5:15,21
Reciprocal: Genesis 31:12 - I have seen; Exodus 2:5 - when she; Exodus 3:8 - I am; Exodus 3:9 - and I have; Exodus 6:1 - Now shalt; Judges 2:18 - their groanings; 2 Samuel 22:28 - afflicted; Job 20:19 - Because; Job 24:12 - groan; Job 27:13 - the heritage; Job 34:28 - they; Job 35:9 - they make; Psalm 3:7 - Arise; Psalm 7:6 - Arise; Psalm 9:18 - For the; Psalm 10:9 - when; Psalm 44:23 - Awake; Psalm 55:3 - oppression; Psalm 59:1 - defend me; Psalm 72:2 - thy poor; Psalm 73:8 - speak wickedly; Psalm 102:1 - overwhelmed; Psalm 103:6 - executeth; Proverbs 22:16 - that oppresseth; Proverbs 23:11 - General; Proverbs 30:14 - to devour; Isaiah 3:13 - standeth up; Isaiah 21:2 - all the; Isaiah 25:4 - thou hast; Isaiah 29:19 - the poor; Isaiah 31:2 - arise; Jeremiah 30:17 - they; Jeremiah 51:35 - The violence; Lamentations 3:35 - turn; Amos 4:1 - which oppress; Amos 8:4 - swallow; Zephaniah 3:8 - rise; James 2:6 - Do

Verse 6

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
words
18:30; 19:8; 119:140; 2 Samuel 22:31; Proverbs 30:5
as silver
66:10
Reciprocal: Genesis 21:1 - Sarah as; Job 28:1 - where they fine it; Psalm 33:4 - the word; Psalm 56:4 - In God I will; Proverbs 8:8 - All; Proverbs 22:20 - General; Proverbs 27:21 - the fining; Isaiah 31:2 - arise; Isaiah 45:19 - speak righteousness; John 17:17 - word

Verse 7

Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
thou shalt
16:1; 37:28,40; 121:8; 145:20; Deuteronomy 33:3; 1 Samuel 2:9; Isaiah 27:3; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:1
them, etc
Heb. him, i.e. every one of them. this.
10:18; Matthew 3:7
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 18:10 - they found thee not

Verse 8

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
wicked
Proverbs 29:12; Hosea 5:11; Micah 6:16
when
Judges 9:18-57; 1 Samuel 18:17,18; Esther 3:6-15; Isaiah 32:4-6; Mark 14:63-65
men
Heb. of the sons of men.
Job 30:8; Daniel 11:21 Reciprocal: 1 Kings 18:10 - they found thee not; 2 Kings 11:3 - And Athaliah; 2 Kings 21:9 - seduced; 2 Chronicles 22:12 - Athaliah; Esther 3:1 - promote Haman; Job 22:8 - But as; Job 34:30 - General; Proverbs 26:1 - so; Ecclesiastes 10:6 - Folly; Jeremiah 26:22 - men; Daniel 4:17 - the basest

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-12.html.