Psalms 82

Psalm 821

A psalm of Asaph.

82:1 God stands in2 the assembly of El;3

in the midst of the gods4 he renders judgment.5

82:2 He says,6 “How long will you make unjust legal decisions

and show favoritism to the wicked?7 (Selah)

82:3 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless!8

Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

82:4 Rescue the poor and needy!

Deliver them from the power9 of the wicked!

82:5 They10 neither know nor understand.

They stumble11 around in the dark,

while all the foundations of the earth crumble.12

82:6 I thought,13 ‘You are gods;

all of you are sons of the Most High.’14

82:7 Yet you will die like mortals;15

you will fall like all the other rulers.”16

82:8 Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth!

For you own17 all the nations.

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