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Psalm 82

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

God has taken his place in the divine council;
    in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:(A)
“How long will you judge unjustly
    and show partiality to the wicked? Selah(B)
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
    maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.(C)
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”(D)

They have neither knowledge nor understanding;
    they walk around in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.(E)

I say, “You are gods,
    children of the Most High, all of you;(F)
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals
    and fall like any prince.”[a](G)

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations belong to you!(H)


  1. 82.7 Or fall as one man, O princes