Psalms 12:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the oppression of the poore, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise (saith the Lord,) I will set him in safetie from him that puffeth at him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby 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.
- Webster's 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."
- World English Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(12:6) '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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 12:5


12:5 Puffeth - From him that despises him, and hopes to destroy him with a puff of breath.


Discussion for Psalms 12:5

  • The poor and the needy...can be anyone of us ,a president, solder, apastor,a CEO of a big company, a homeless person, a farmer, jobless pple, the sick, the childless and anyone in any want or need.The grace of God will come to them that cry to him.
  • James M. for verse 5
    "Follow your heart and do good to all in need, and the promise of the Lord will reward you greatly. "
  • Charles Allen for verse 5
    ll I need to say about the poor and needy is strictly based on the True Living Word of God Almighty. Any person, no matter who or what he or she claims to be, that shuts their ears to any person who is poor and needy, is no Christian at all. Such a person is seen by God as a merciless oppressor, cruel and wicked, which will not inherit the Kingdom of God. As like Matthew 25 v 31 to 46, there are many Scriptures in God 's Living Word which confirms the truth of this. Pass any beggar or a homeless person on the street, while you have sufficient to give, then you are passing the mercy of God by rejecting to love thy neighbour as thyself. Those who do this evil cruelty must know that God will give them what they deserve, and that is eternal punishment. Who knows? Maybe such a person may just be passing one of God 's Angels He sent in the form of a beggar so to test the heart of a so called Christian. This is not impossible, so to all you rich Christians beware, God knows and sees all.
  • Charles Allen for verse 5
    What I have to say is fact and no lie. Yes, Psalm 12 v 5 is true as like all other scriptures about the poor and needy in God 's Living Word is true and powerful. But! This the rich just bluntly refuse today, treating the poor and needy like mongrel dogs, kicking them out of the way. As soon as the poor cry out, they are ignored and considered as the scrap of this world. No one can with all honesty before the Living Eternal God dispute the truth of this. But what I can say is, the day is coming where the poor and needy shall rejoice and the rich who shut their ears to the cries of the poor and needy, will be slaughtered by the Sword of God 's Living Word Jesus Christ. Which true believer can stand up and say that as it stands in Matthew 25 v 31 to 46, James 2 and James 5 v 1 to 6, etc is a lie? Those who ignore these scriptures, will receive what God has promised, and that is eternal damnation.
  • MockingBird for verse 5
    James 2 5 Hearken , my beloved brethren , hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him ? I do not have to be poor any more in spirit soul and body. Praise God !!!! I am sheltered in the arms of God. God has risen !!!!
  • GOD GAVE ME THIS SCRIPTURE BEFORE I EVEN READ IT HOW GREAT AWESOME AND LOVING IS OUR GOD NOBODY CAN DO US LIKE CHRIST JESUS LET US TRUST AND LIVE AND LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR SOUL STRENGTH HEART AND MIND HES ABLE PRECIOUS PEOPLE AND HE CARES FOR US I OVERCOME AND SO DO ALL BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS AND GOD LOVERS THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE VICTORY