Psalm 82-83 New American Standard Bible

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A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments

82 God takes His stand in His own congregation ; He judges in the midst of the rulers . 2  How long e will you judge unjustly And show partiality e to the wicked ? Selah . 3  Vindicate the weak and fatherless ; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute . 4  Rescue the weak and needy ; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked . 5  They do not know nor do they understand ; They walk about in darkness ; All the foundations of the earth are shaken .

6  I said , "You are gods , And all of you are sons of the Most High . 7  "Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes ." 8  Arise , O God , judge the earth ! For it is You who possesses all the nations .

A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies

83 O God , do not remain quiet ; Do not be silent and, O God , do not be still . 2  For behold , Your enemies make an uproar , And those who hate You have exalted themselves . 3  They make shrewd plans against Your people , And conspire together against Your treasured ones. 4  They have said , "Come , and let us wipe them out as a nation , That the name of Israel be remembered no more ." 5  For they have conspired together with one mind ; Against You they make a covenant : 6  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites , Moab and the Hagrites ; 7  Gebal and Ammon and Amalek , Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre ; 8  Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot . Selah .

9  Deal with them as with Midian , As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon , 10  Who were destroyed at En-dor , Who became as dung for the ground . 11  Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna , 12  Who said , " Let us possess for ourselves The pastures of God ." 13  O my God , make them like the whirling dust , Like chaff before the wind . 14  Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire , 15  So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm . 16  Fill their faces with dishonor , That they may seek Your name , O Lord . 17  Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever , And let them be humiliated and perish , 18  That they may know that You alone , whose name is the Lord , Are the Most High over all the earth .

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