Psalm 82



A Plea For Righteous Judgment

1 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers.

1 {A Psalm of Asaph.} God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

1 God has taken His place in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods:

1 God takes his stand in the divine assembly; among the divine beings he renders judgment:

1 God stands in the assembly [of the representatives] of God; in the midst of the magistrates or judges He gives judgment [as] among the gods.

2 How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.

2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

2 "How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

2 "How long will you judge partially by showing favor on the wicked? Interlude

2 How long will you [magistrates or judges] judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

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

3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

3 "Defend the poor and the fatherless. Vindicate the afflicted and the poor.

3 Do justice to the weak (poor) and fatherless; maintain the rights of the afflicted and needy.

4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

4 Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked."

4 Rescue the poor and the needy, delivering them from the power of the wicked.

4 Deliver the poor and needy; rescue 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.

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

5 They do not know or understand; they wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

5 They neither know nor understand; they walk about in the dark while all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

5 [The magistrates and judges] know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction]; all the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles upon which rests the administration of justice] are shaking.

6 I said, "You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High.

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

6 I said, "You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.

6 "Indeed I said, "You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High.

6 I said, You are gods [since you judge on My behalf, as My representatives]; indeed, all of you are children of the Most High.

7 "Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes."

7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

7 However, you will die like men and fall like any other ruler."

7 However, as all human beings do, you will die, and like other rulers, you will fall.'

7 But you shall die as men and fall as one of the princes.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

8 Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You.

8 Arise, God, to judge the earth, for all nations belong to you. A song. A Psalm of Asaph

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth! For to You belong all the nations.



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