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Psalm 12 for Australia

Cartoon courtesy The New Daily

The Faithful Have Vanished – Psalm 12 for Australia
12 Help, Lord, for there are no more godly folk;
    for the faithful have vanished from among human beings.
Every Canberra crony utters lies to his neighbour;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
    our lips are with us; are the Australian people our masters?”
“Because the poor are plundered, because the homeless lament,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord;
    “I will place the disadvantaged in the safety for which they long.”
The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like Kalgoorlie gold extracted from tonnes of rock, leached in cyanide
   and purified with acid.
You, O Lord, will keep the needy;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is acclaimed among the Canberra cronies.
(Based on English Standard Version)