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God watches over the Poor and Needy

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.”

The liars may consider the plight of the poor and needy whom they exploit a matter of little or no concern. But Yahweh takes his kingly role as protector of the defenseless seriously. “Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says Yahweh (12:5). Yahweh—the divine king who sits in judgment in Psalms 9–10, who from his heavenly throne examines both righteous and wicked in Psalm 11, who has given feeble ʾenoš great honor and authority in Psalm 8—will enforce limitations on that power and authority when he arises to protect the defenseless “from those who malign them.”[1]

[1] Wilson, G. H. (2002). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 269). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.


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