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(A psalm by Asaph.)

Please Do Something, God!

82 When all of the other gods[a]
    have come together,
    the Lord God judges them
    and says:
“How long will you
keep judging unfairly
    and favoring evil people?
Be fair to the poor
    and to orphans.
    Defend the helpless
    and everyone in need.
Rescue the weak and homeless
    from the powerful hands
    of heartless people.

“None of you know
    or understand a thing.
You live in darkness,
    while the foundations
    of the earth tremble.[b]

“I, the Most High God, say
that all of you are gods[c]
    and also my own children.
But you will die,
just like everyone else,
    including powerful rulers.”

Do something, God!
Judge the nations of the earth;
    they belong to you.

Footnotes

  1. 82.1 the other gods: This probably refers to the gods of the nations that God defeated, but it could refer to God’s servants (angels) in heaven or even to human rulers.
  2. 82.5 foundations. . . tremble: In ancient times it was believed that the earth was flat and supported by columns.
  3. 82.6 all of you are gods: See the note at 82.1.

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