82:1 «A Psalm of Asaph.» God standeth in the congregation of the a mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
(a) The prophet shows that if princes and judges
do not do their duty, God whose authority is above them will take vengeance on
82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the
persons of the b wicked? Selah.
(b) For thieves and murderers find favour in
judgment when the cause of the godly cannot be heard.
82:4 Deliver the poor and c
needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.
(c) Not only when they cry for help, but when
their cause requires aid and support.
82:5 They know not, neither will they understand;
they walk on in darkness: all the d
foundations of the earth are out of course.
(d) That is, all things are out of order either
by their tyranny or careless negligence.
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
(e) No title of honour will excuse you, but you
will be subject to God's judgments, and tender account as well as other men.
82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt
inherit f all nations.
(f) Therefore no tyrant will pluck your right and
authority from you.