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Psalm 14:6

ESV You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.
NIV You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.
NASB You would put to shame the plan of the poor, But the Lord is his refuge.
CSB You sinners frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord is his refuge.
NLT The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people.
KJV Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

What does Psalm 14:6 mean?

The wicked (Psalm 14:1)—especially those who oppress and take advantage of others (Psalm 14:4; Micah 3:1–11)—may thwart plans made by poorer or weaker people. From an earthly perspective, this can be discouraging (Psalm 73:2–3; Habakkuk 1:2–4). Yet Scripture is clear that God will not allow any evil to go unpunished (Hebrews 3:15–19; 10:31; Revelation 20:11–15).

Here, David refers to God using a Hebrew root word, seen throughout the Psalms (Psalm 46:1; 61:3; 71:7; 94:22; 14:26). This term is machaceh, which most literally means a "shelter." This is a place to which people go for safety in times of danger or disaster. We refer to rooms strengthened against weather as "storm shelters." Facilities for those facing domestic abuse are called "shelters," as well. Believers can take comfort in knowing that God is aware of our suffering and is working to end it for all eternity (Revelation 21:1–5; Psalm 14:7).

During the tribulation period, the Devil and his henchmen will persecute the godly remnant of Israel, but God will defend His people. He will cause the remnant to flee into the wilderness for safety. In the Olivet Discourse Jesus warns righteous Jews to flee to the mountains when the abomination of desolation stands in the Holy Place (Matthew 24:15–16). He says this idolatrous event marks the beginning of the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21). Revelation 12 teaches that the Devil will persecute Israel relentlessly during this time, but the Lord will enable His persecuted people to escape to the wilderness. There, He will nourish His people for three and a half years (Revelation 12:13–14).
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