Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts. May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue- those who say, "by our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us-who is lord over us?"
"Becuase the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise," says the Lord. "I will protect them from those who malign them." And the words of theLord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven time. You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about while depravity is honored by the human race.