Psalm 12: The Faithful Have Vanished

This one makes me laugh a little. It’s a sentiment that I have heard countless times and though it isn’t a funny or amusing sentiment, it is a little funny to see that people so far back felt the exact same way that seems to be the go-to way of grandparents to think of the current generation.

The note to the choirmaster is that it should be played “according to The Sheminitha like back in Psalm 6 and that it is a Psalm of David.


Psalm 12

1Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

5“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the LORD;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
6The words of the LORD are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

7You, O LORD, will keep them;
you will guard usb from this generation forever.
8On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

All I could think of after reading through this one was a crusty old man yelling about “kids these days” and then something about how they have no respect for anything.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that people in general are not worse than in Biblical times and so it’s just our perceptions that make it seem like each generation is worse than the last. It’s nice to think that God protects from the next generation’s awfulness but it’s more likely that they aren’t as bad as they seem. All the same, this is going to be a good prayer to keep in mind when I do feel like the new generation is irredeemable.

That said, I’m sure there have been generations that have been more problematic than the one before them and that things may have seesawed occasionally but it doesn’t seem to have had the overall impact that actually declining every generation would have produced by now, more than 2000 years later. Quite a bit more when you consider that this is the Old Testament still.

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