Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. (ESV)
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. (KJV)
C. H. Spurgeon, in the Treasury of David, makes this comment on David’s prayer in Psalm 12:1-
“Help, Lord.” A short but sweet, suggestive, seasonable, and serviceable prayer; a kind of angel’s sword, to be turned every way, and to be used on all occasions. Ainsworth says the word rendered “help,” is largely used for all manner of saving, helping, delivering, preserving, etc. Thus it seems that the prayer is very full and instructive.