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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 12

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Prayer against Evil Tongues

1For the leader; “upon the eighth.” A psalm of David.

I

2Help, LORD, for no one loyal remains; the faithful have vanished from the human race. x Pss 14, 3; 116, 11; Is 59, 15; Mi 7, 2 . 3Those who tell lies to one another speak with deceiving lips and a double heart. y Pss 28, 3; 55, 22; Is 59, 3–4; Jer 9, 7 .

II

4May the LORD cut off all deceiving lips, and every boastful tongue, 5Those who say, “By our tongues we prevail; when our lips speak, who can lord it over us?” z Sir 5, 3 .

III

6“Because they rob the weak, and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will grant safety to whoever longs for it.” a Is 33, 10 .

IV

7The promises of the LORD are sure, silver refined in a crucible,* silver purified seven times. b Pss 18, 31; 19, 8; Prv 30, 5 . 8 LORD, protect us always; preserve us from this generation. 9On every side the wicked strut; the shameless are extolled by all.

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x: Pss 14, 3; 116, 11; Is 59, 15; Mi 7, 2 .

y: Pss 28, 3; 55, 22; Is 59, 3–4; Jer 9, 7 .

z: Sir 5, 3 .

a: Is 33, 10 .

b: Pss 18, 31; 19, 8; Prv 30, 5 .

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