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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-12.html.

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