Psalm 12 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Psalm 12 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

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:

"The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things."
Why is it unjust if those who speak with a double tongue will no longer be able to do so? Why is it unjust to punish those that oppress the poor, verse 5?

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.

"The words of the LORD are pure words."
Is every word of god pure?
This is a reference to the vanity of the liars, verse 2. In contrast with that God does not lie. And the purpose of God's words are that we should become pure and live pure. That the Bible also records words of others, see for example 2 Kg. 18:27, does not change the fact that the words of God recorded in the Bible are pure.
Note that the page the author of the SAB links to, incorrectly has chapter 2:6 instead of this psalm.

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.