Psalms 82

* An exhortation to judges. (1-5) The doom of evil rulers. (6-8)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.
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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