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.
And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment.
Then his master shall bring him to God [the judges as His agents]; he shall bring him to the door or doorpost and shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him for life.
You shall not revile God [the judges as His agents] or esteem lightly or curse a ruler of your people.
Men will say, Surely there is a reward for the [uncompromisingly] righteous; surely there is a God Who judges on the earth.
If you see the oppression of the poor and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in the state or province, do not marvel at the matter. [Be sure that there are those who will attend to it] for a higher [official] than the high is observing, and higher ones are over them.
The Lord stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples and His people.
Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people -- "God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain -- "and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.
I said, You are gods [since you judge on My behalf, as My representatives]; indeed, all of you are children of the Most High.
I will confess and praise You [O God] with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praises to You.