TheologyJoshua TorreyBBC, Psalms

BBC: Psalm 12:5-8

TheologyJoshua TorreyBBC, Psalms

5 “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.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.
7 You, O Lord, will keep them;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

The conclusion to this psalm shows the righteousness of God. The word “plunder” can actually be interpreted as “destruction” but should not be forced into either category exclusively. When the Lord chooses to stand up the faithful are put to safety.  This concludes God’s participation. The rest of the psalm describes the blessing and judgment of these words.

The words of God are without error. The rest of the verse does not describe that God’s word needs refinement. Instead it utilizes imagery to speak to the finest level of refinement among men. God’s word stands alone in its refinement. With this foundation the psalmist extols the work of God in history: He will protect His people forever. The word “generation” may here refer to a type of person, the unrighteous who bring destruction. Then this psalm would sing out eternally for the people of God to remember as they see wickedness on “every side” (v. 8). There is nothing to appear in the conclusion when the Lord’s pure word establishes the protection of “us”, the “godly ones” (v. 1), forever.

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