Psalm 12 is another Psalm where the author pleads for God to destroy his/her enemies. Unlike psalm 13 and others it stays angry and doesn't switch to a positive tone. So, I tried to write psalm 12 in an atonal style. It's risky, but I think it works.
the faithful have vanished from among us.
2 Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; *
with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
3 Oh, that the Lord would cut off all smooth tongues, *
and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
4 Those who say, “With our tongue will we prevail; *
our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
5 “Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, *
I will rise up,” says the Lord, “and give them the help they long for.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words, *
like silver refined from ore and purified seven times in the fire.
7 O Lord, watch over us *
and save us from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked prowl on every side, *
and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.
Psalm 13 is one of despair that turns to praise. I wrote a choral anthem to this text a few years ago. I used descending minor thirds to construct that piece; so I used descending thirds in this chant too.
|1||How long, O LORD?|
will you forget me for ever? *
how long will you hide your face from me?
|5||But I put my trust in your mercy; *|
my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
|6||I will sing to the LORD, for he has dealt with me richly; *|
I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.