Psalms 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the ‘gods’:
‘How long will you
The Hebrew is plural.
defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
‘The “gods” know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
‘I said, “You are ‘gods’;
you are all sons of the Most High.”
But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.’
Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.
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