Psalm 12:5
New International Version
"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."

New Living Translation
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."

English Standard Version
“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.”

Berean Study Bible
“For the cause of the oppressed and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will bring safety to him who yearns.”

New American Standard Bible
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
"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."

Contemporary English Version
But you, LORD, tell them, "I will do something! The poor are mistreated and helpless people moan. I'll rescue all who suffer."

Good News Translation
"But now I will come," says the LORD, "because the needy are oppressed and the persecuted groan in pain. I will give them the security they long for."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because of the oppression of the afflicted and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up," says the LORD." I will put the one who longs for it in a safe place."

International Standard Version
"Because the poor are being oppressed, because the needy are sighing, I will now arise," says the LORD, "I will establish in safety those who yearn for it."

NET Bible
"Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action," says the LORD. "I will provide the safety they so desperately desire."

New Heart English Bible
"Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place in safety the one who longs for it."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because of the robbery of the poor and the groans of the ill, therefore I shall arise”, says Lord Jehovah, “and I shall work salvation openly.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Because oppressed people are robbed and needy people groan, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will provide safety for those who long for it."

JPS Tanakh 1917
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 at whom they puff.'

New American Standard 1977
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise, saith the LORD; I will set in safety the one whom the wicked one has ensnared.

King James 2000 Bible
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, says the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that sneers at him.

American King James Version
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, said the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffs at him.

American Standard Version
Because of the oppression of the poor, because of the sighing of the needy, Now will I arise, saith Jehovah; I will set him in the safety he panteth for.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Because of the misery of the poor, and because of the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord, I will set them in safety; I will speak to them thereof openly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By reason of the misery of the needy, and the groans of the poor, now will I arise, saith the Lord. I win set him in safety; I will deal confidently in his regard.

Darby Bible Translation
Because of the oppression of the afflicted, because of the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith Jehovah, I will set [him] in safety, at whom they puff.

English Revised Version
For the spoiling of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety at whom they puff.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
"Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says Yahweh; "I will set him in safety from those who malign him."

Young's Literal Translation
Because of the spoiling of the poor, Because of the groaning of the needy, Now do I arise, saith Jehovah, I set in safety him who doth breathe for it.
Study Bible
The Godly are No More
4They say, “With our tongues we will prevail. We own our lips—who can be our master?” 5“For the cause of the oppressed and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will bring safety to him who yearns.” 6The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace, like gold purified sevenfold.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:9
Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought in your heart, "The seventh year, the year of release, is near," so that you look upon your poor brother begrudgingly and give him nothing. He will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Psalm 9:9
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 9:18
For the needy will not always be forgotten; nor the hope of the oppressed forever dashed.

Psalm 10:18
to vindicate the fatherless and oppressed, that the men of the earth may strike terror no more.

Psalm 34:6
This poor man called out, and the LORD heard him; He saved him from all his troubles.

Psalm 35:10
All my bones will exclaim, "Who is like You, O LORD, who delivers the afflicted from the aggressor, the poor and needy from the robber?"

Psalm 68:1
God arises. His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee His presence.

Psalm 69:33
For the LORD listens to the needy and does not despise His captive people.

Psalm 82:8
Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are Your inheritance.

Psalm 102:13
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show her favor--the appointed time has come.

Psalm 103:6
The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Psalm 119:117
Uphold me, and I will be delivered, that I may always regard Your statutes.

Psalm 140:12
I know that the LORD upholds justice for the poor and defends the cause of the needy.

Proverbs 22:23
for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who rob them.

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Again, I observed all the oppression taking place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter; the power lay in the hands of their oppressors, and there was no comforter.

Isaiah 33:10
"Now I will arise," says the LORD. "Now I will lift Myself up. Now I will be exalted.

Treasury of Scripture

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, said the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffs at him.

oppression

Psalm 10:12
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

Psalm 74:21,22
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name…

Psalm 79:10,11
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed…

now

Isaiah 33:10
Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Micah 7:8,9
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me…

puffeth at.

Psalm 10:5
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

Job 5:15,21
But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty…







Lexicon
“For the cause
מִשֹּׁ֥ד (miš·šōḏ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7701: Violence, havoc, devastation, ruin

of the oppressed
עֲנִיִּים֮ (‘ă·nî·yîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and the groaning
מֵאַנְקַ֪ת (mê·’an·qaṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 603: A crying, groaning

of the needy,
אֶבְי֫וֹנִ֥ים (’eḇ·yō·w·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 34: In want, needy, poor

I will now
עַתָּ֣ה (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

arise,”
אָ֭קוּם (’ā·qūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

says
יֹאמַ֣ר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the LORD.
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

“I will bring
אָשִׁ֥ית (’ā·šîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

safety
בְּ֝יֵ֗שַׁע (bə·yê·ša‘)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3468: Deliverance, rescue, salvation, safety, welfare

to him who yearns.”
יָפִ֥יחַֽ (yā·p̄î·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6315: To puff, blow with the breath, air, to fan, to utter, to kindle, to scoff
(5) For the oppression--i.e., on account of the oppression. Here, as in so many psalms and prophecies, we have an ancient oracle of God introduced. The poet first quotes it, and then in Psalm 12:6 contrasts its truth and genuineness with the false speeches of hypocrites.

I will set.--Literally, I will set in safety; he blows at it: which may mean either, "I will ensure him of the safety for which he panteth," or "I will set him in safety who panteth for it." This sense is fixed by Habakkuk 2:3 : "it panteth to its end," i.e., for its accomplishment.

Verse 5. - For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord. The ungodly having been threatened, a promise of assistance is made to the righteous whom they oppress. God declares that, in response to the many calls made upon him (Psalm 3:7; Psalm 7:6; Psalm 9:19; Psalm 10:12), he will "now," at last, "arise" - interpose on behalf of the oppressed, and deliver them (comp. Exodus 3:7, 8). I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. This is a possible meaning; but it is perhaps better to render, with Hengstenberg and Cheyne, "I will place him in the safety for which he sighs," or "pants." 12:1-8 The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust. - This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti 3:1, c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.
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