Salvum me fac
Help me, Lord, for there is no godly one left; *
the faithful have vanished from among us.
Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; *
with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
Oh, that the Lord would cut off all smooth tongues, *
and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
Those who say, “With our tongue will we prevail; *
our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
“Because the needy are oppressed,
and the poor cry out in misery, *
I will rise up,” says the Lord,
“and give them the help they long for.”
The words of the Lord are pure words, *
like silver refined from ore
and purified seven times in the fire.
O Lord, watch over us *
and save us from this generation for ever.
The wicked prowl on every side, *
and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.
How long, O Lord?
will you forget me for ever? *
how long will you hide your face from me?
How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,
and grief in my heart, day after day? *
how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God; *
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” *
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
But I put my trust in your mercy; *
my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly; *
I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” *
All are corrupt and commit abominable acts;
there is none who does any good.
The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all, *
to see if there is any who is wise,
if there is one who seeks after God.
Every one has proved faithless;
all alike have turned bad; *
there is none who does good; no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers *
who eat up my people like bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
See how they tremble with fear, *
because God is in the company of the righteous.
Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, *
but the Lord is their refuge.
Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! *
when the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.