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Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth;

For the faithful fail from among the children of men.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbor:

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:

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail;

Our lips are our own: who is Lord over us?

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.

The words of the Lord are pure words:

As silver tried in a furnace of earth,

Purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord,

Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The wicked walk on every side,

When the vilest men are exalted.


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