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Psalm 82

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

1

God has taken his place in the divine council;

in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

2

“How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked?Selah

3

Give justice to the weak and the orphan;

maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

4

Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

 

5

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,

they walk around in darkness;

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

6

I say, “You are gods,

children of the Most High, all of you;

7

nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,

and fall like any prince.”

 

8

Rise up, O God, judge the earth;

for all the nations belong to you!


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Ps 82:1-8. Before the great Judge, the judges of the earth are rebuked, exhorted, and threatened.

1. congregation—(Compare Ex 12:3; 16:1).

of the mighty—that is, of God, of His appointment.

the gods—or, "judges" (Ex 21:6; 22:9), God's representatives.

2. accept the persons—literally, "lift up the faces," that is, from dejection, or admit to favor and communion, regardless of merit (Le 19:15; Pr 18:5).

3, 4. So must good judges act (Ps 10:14; Job 29:12).

4. poor and needy—(Compare Ps 34:10; 41:1).

5. By the wilful ignorance and negligence of judges, anarchy ensues (Ps 11:3; 75:3).

out of course—(Compare Margin; Ps 9:6; 62:2).

6, 7. Though God admitted their official dignity (Joh 10:34), He reminds them of their mortality.

7. fall like, &c.—be cut off suddenly (Ps 20:8; 91:7).

8. As rightful sovereign of earth, God is invoked personally to correct the evils of His representatives.




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