3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Other Translations of Psalm 82:3

King James Version

3 Defend Defend: Heb. Judge the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

English Standard Version

3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

The Message

3 You're here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;

New King James Version

3 Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.

New Living Translation

3 "Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 82:3

Commentary on Psalm 82:1-5

(Read Psalm 82:1-5)

Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God's providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs.