Psalm 82-83 King James Version

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A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments

82 1  God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2  How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3  Defend [1] the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8  Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies

83 1  Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. 2  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5  For they have consulted together with one consent: [2] they are confederate against thee: 6  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8  Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen [3] the children of Lot. Selah.

9  Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: 10  Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. 11  Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: 12  Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. 13  O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 14  As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 15  So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. 16  Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. 17  Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 18  That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

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[1] 82:3 Defend: Heb. Judge

[2] 83:5 consent: Heb. heart

[3] 83:8 holpen: Heb. been an arm to

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