11.6.2020 – because the poor are

because the poor are
plundered and the needy groan,
now will God arise

This haiku is a case of me holding up a mirror to allow folks to reflect and correct on their own.

I speak not for either side of the election.

I speak not for one point of view of the other.

I am just holding up the mirror.

The mirror as represented by the 12th Psalm.

Maybe though the mirror is one of those mirrors that is set in a low stool at the shoe store .

The type of mirror that lets you check out a new pair of shoes.

And you know what they say about ‘if the shoe fits.’

Psalm 12

A psalm of David.

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
4 those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

5 “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.”
6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.

7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.

I think some further comment can be squeezed in.

Let me be clear, I accept the Bible without error as the inspired word of God.

For me, that adds a lot of extra weight to the Bible’s words.

Lets say this was just some book.

Take the book of Psalms in particular.

I think it is universally accepted that the Psalms are 1,000s of years old regardless of who wrote them or who inspired them.

Consider the words of this Psalm as a commentary on contemporary everyday life when it was written.

It is true that there isn’t anything new under the sun.

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