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Psalm 12:4-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Those people think they can win any argument.
They say, “We are so good with words,
    no one will be our master.”

They took advantage of the poor
    and stole what little they had.
But the Lord knows what they did, and he says,
    “I will rescue those who are poor and helpless,
    and I will punish those who hurt them.”[a]

The Lord’s words are true and pure,
    like silver purified by fire,
    like silver melted seven times to make it perfectly pure.


  1. Psalm 12:5 I will rescue … hurt them Or “I will rescue poor, helpless people who were hurt and asked me for help.”
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Psalm 12:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because 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 the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold[a] refined seven times.


  1. Psalm 12:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth
New International Version (NIV)

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