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Psalm 12:5

ESV “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
NIV Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,' says the LORD. 'I will protect them from those who malign them.'
NASB 'Because of the devastation of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,' says the Lord; 'I will put him in the safety for which he longs.'
CSB "Because of the devastation of the needy and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up," says the Lord. "I will provide safety for the one who longs for it."
NLT The Lord replies, 'I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.'
KJV 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.

What does Psalm 12:5 mean?

In other psalms, David connected evil to abuse of the poor and helpless (Psalm 9:9; 10:2). In prior verses, he has complained that everyone around him has turned to deceptive speech and evil (Psalm 12:1–4). Here, David envisions God finally having enough of wickedness and choosing to act (Romans 2:5). This statement seems to be quoted later by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 33:10), referring to God's judgment.

In the time of Moses, the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, and their taskmasters treated them badly. However, the Lord saw the Hebrews' affliction and heard their cries. He told Moses: "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them" (Exodus 3:7–8). Jesus assured His followers they have no reason to fear, because God sees even the sparrow's fall, and He cares for His own (Matthew 10:29–31). Writing to the twelve tribes of the Dispersion, James assures his persecuted readers that God knows their troubles and will punish their oppressors (James 5:1–6). He appeals to his readers to wait patiently for the coming of the Lord (James 5:7–8).
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