Psalm 12 – The Words of the Lord Are Like Silver
Psalm 12, which begins with “Koleh ha-shamayim hi,” (“The words of the Lord are pure words”), is Psalm 11 in the Greek Psalter. It is attributed to David, but it may have been written by someone else long after his time. Psalm 12 is a Psalm of protection from evil and personal distress, similar to Psalms 3-7. It begins with the image of the Psalmist as a farmer who is being “planted” by God in his Temple, that he may produce good fruit through God’s blessings. In the first section, particular attention is paid to the Psalmist’s enemies, whom he asks to be confounded. Psalm 12 is included in Ashkenazic daily liturgy throughout the year. Psalm 13 is recited as part of Mincha between Sukkot and Shabbat Hanukkah, Psalms 14-18 are inserted into various services for special Sabbaths and fast days, and Psalms 19-24 are read as part of the supplicatory prayers on Mondays and Thursdays.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.