Psalm 82 New International Version

A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments

82 1  God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the "gods": 2  "How long will you[1] defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?[2] 3  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. 5  "The 'gods' know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6  "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.' 7  But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler." 8  Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.


[1] 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.

[2] 82:2 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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