12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked
and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
The Righteous One does more than notice the house of the wicked; he also seeks to limit their influence. How many in our day witness the wickedness around them but do nothing to oppose it? Such cowardice calls itself tolerance, but what good comes from it? The wicked may already be on the path of ruin, but they need not bring others along with them.
“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.” Though there are many who consider themselves good and are careful to keep themselves clean, their virtue is undermined by the pride of self-righteousness. Why should those who ignore the needs of others expect to have their own needs met? “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”