(Proverbs 22:23 KJV) For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
I can remember days when I was on my way to our Monday faculty meeting. I would meet other teachers in the hall and we would be cheering each other up on the way down the hall. We tried to convince ourselves that it would not be that bad and some times by the time we got to the door we had succeeded. Then we walked in the door and saw the person our principal had brought to share wisdom and you could almost see us deflate. That is what is being talked about in the second part of this verse.
The NASB says “take (6906) the life (5315)” but that seems a little too strong. I think the KJV hits it on the head with “spoil the soul”. He will rain on their parade. He will prick their bubble. He will throw a monkey-wrench in their gears. He is going after those who have been messing with the poor. God is working quietly behind the scenes to make life unpleasant for those who prey upon the weak. We don’t usually see it because people are so good at covering up their pain.
So? Don’t worry about the punishment or justice that some people deserve. The inner soul conflict is already in motion. The price is being paid. Focus on being obedient and generous yourself and let God worry about the Uriah Heep’s of your life.