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Old 08-03-2008, 03:56 AM
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Psalm 12
1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

The above bold words are what will be preserved. simply on a literary level the the LORD speaks his word of promise in verse five not to preserve people but that he will rise up against the wicked.

David goes on to tell us the Lords word is pure as silver purified to the limit of purity. meaning he will keep his word to rise up and set them in safty even unto a future time. even if they or we don't see it God will keep his word. so we can rest in the fact God will keep his words and promises.

but the verse has the meaning in and of it self to keep ALL his words and to preserve it as well. not just to rise up as promised but to keep his words pure and preserved, that is, if we divorced it from the context of the chapter. Verse 1-5a and verse 8 are the circle of context. Verse 6,7 are the promise to keep his word to rise up against the wicked and proudful.

in this case both meanings are accepted. This is one of those rightly dividing verses it can be kept together or divided.

Also Brandon hit on the contrasting of mens words and God's words. we can always trust the Lord to keep his words pure and purfect unto every generation.

Last edited by chette777; 08-03-2008 at 04:03 AM.