Psalms 82

A Plea for Righteous Judgment

1A psalm of
Asaph: A musician appointed by David to oversee the music used in worship at the Temple; 12 psalms are attributed to Asaph.
Asaph. b

God has taken His place in the divine assembly;
He judges among the gods:
Or the heavenly beings, or the earthly rulers; lit elohim
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? e ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. g
4 Rescue the poor and needy;
save them from the power of the wicked.” h

5 They do not know or understand;
they wander in darkness. i
All the foundations of the earth are shaken. j

6 I said, “You are gods; k
you are all sons of the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High. m
7 However, you will die like men
and fall like any other ruler.” n

8 Rise up, God, judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to You. o
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