Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God presides in the great assembly;
    he renders judgment(A) among the “gods”:(B)

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
    and show partiality(C) to the wicked?[b](D)
Defend the weak and the fatherless;(E)
    uphold the cause of the poor(F) and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.(G)
    They walk about in darkness;(H)
    all the foundations(I) of the earth are shaken.

“I said, ‘You are “gods”;(J)
    you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die(K) like mere mortals;
    you will fall like every other ruler.”

Rise up,(L) O God, judge(M) the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance.(N)


  1. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,(A)
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law(B) of the Lord
    and have not kept his decrees,(C)
because they have been led astray(D) by false gods,[a](E)
    the gods[b] their ancestors followed,(F)
I will send fire(G) on Judah
    that will consume the fortresses(H) of Jerusalem.(I)

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
    even for four, I will not relent.(J)
They sell the innocent for silver,
    and the needy for a pair of sandals.(K)
They trample on the heads of the poor
    as on the dust of the ground
    and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
    and so profane my holy name.(L)
They lie down beside every altar
    on garments taken in pledge.(M)
In the house of their god
    they drink wine(N) taken as fines.(O)

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites(P) before them,
    though they were tall(Q) as the cedars
    and strong as the oaks.(R)
I destroyed their fruit above
    and their roots(S) below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt(T)
    and led(U) you forty years in the wilderness(V)
    to give you the land of the Amorites.(W)

11 “I also raised up prophets(X) from among your children
    and Nazirites(Y) from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.

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  1. Amos 2:4 Or by lies
  2. Amos 2:4 Or lies

“Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph,(A) they sold him as a slave into Egypt.(B) But God was with him(C) 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.(D)

11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food.(E) 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.(F) 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was,(G) and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family.(H) 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family,(I) seventy-five in all.(J) 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died.(K) 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.(L)

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