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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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Verses 1–5

Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God's providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs.

Verses 6–8

It is hard for men to have honour put upon them, and not to be proud of it. But all the rulers of the earth shall die, and all their honour shall be laid in the dust. God governs the world. There is a righteous God to whom we may go, and on whom we may depend. This also has respect to the kingdom of the Messiah. Considering the state of affairs in the world, we have need to pray that the Lord Jesus would speedily rule over all nations, in truth, righteousness, and peace.




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