A Rebuke of Unjust Judgments
82 1 God presides in the great assembly.
He judges among the gods. 2 “How long will you judge unjustly,
and show partiality to the wicked?” Selah. 3 “Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless.
Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and needy.
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.” 5 They don’t know, neither do they understand.
They walk back and forth in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 I said, “You are gods,
all of you are sons of the Most High. 7 Nevertheless you shall die like men,
and fall like one of the rulers.” 8 Arise, God, judge the earth,
for you inherit all of the nations.
A Prayer for the Destruction of Israel's Enemies
83 1 God, don’t keep silent.
Don’t keep silent,
and don’t be still, God. 2 For, behold, your enemies are stirred up.
Those who hate you have lifted up their heads. 3 They conspire with cunning against your people.
They plot against your cherished ones. 4 “Come,” they say, “and let’s destroy them as a nation,
that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 5 For they have conspired together with one mind.
They form an alliance against you. 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab, and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also is joined with them.
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon; 10 who perished at Endor,
who became as dung for the earth. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;
yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna; 12 who said, “Let us take possession of God’s pasturelands.” 13 My God, make them like tumbleweed;
like chaff before the wind. 14 As the fire that burns the forest,
as the 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 confusion,
that they may seek your name, Yahweh. 17 Let them be disappointed and dismayed forever.
Yes, let them be confounded and perish; 18 that they may know that you alone, whose name is Yahweh,
are the Most High over all the earth.