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Psalm 10:12

ESV Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.
NIV Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.
NASB Arise, Lord; God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the humble.
CSB Rise up, Lord God! Lift up your hand. Do not forget the oppressed.
NLT Arise, O Lord! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless!
KJV Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

What does Psalm 10:12 mean?

David calls upon the Lord to act on behalf of those who are oppressed (Psalm 10:2–3). The wicked man has regarded God as non-existent (Psalm 10:4), ignorant of the wicked's evil actions, and hiding His face from evil (Psalm 10:11). David's plea here is for God to come forward like a warrior and push back against such evil people.

In a similar mood, Revelation 6 depicts tribulation martyrs crying out loudly for revenge. They ask: "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10). They are told to rest a little longer until their fellow servants and brothers were killed (Revelation 6:11). Under the sixth seal, the Lord judges everyone, even the kings, the great ones, the generals, the rich, and the powerful (Revelation 6:12–17).

God may not avenge His servants immediately, but in His good time He will avenge them dramatically and completely!
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