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82. Psalm 82

1God standeth in the congregation of God;

He judgeth among the gods.

2How long will ye judge unjustly,

And respect the persons of the wicked?


3Judge the apoor and fatherless:

Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

4Rescue the poor and needy:

Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

5They know not, neither do they understand;

They walk to and fro in darkness:

All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6I said, Ye are gods,

And all of you sons of the Most High.

7Nevertheless ye shall die like men,

And fall like one of the princes.

8Arise, O God, judge the earth;

For thou shalt inherit all the nations.

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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.