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Psalm 82 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

One of Asaph’s songs of praise.

82 God stands in the assembly of the gods.[a]
    He stands as judge among the judges.
He says, “How long will you judge unfairly
    and show special favors to the wicked?” Selah

“Defend the poor and orphans.
    Protect the rights of the poor.
Help those who are poor and helpless.
    Save them from those who are evil.

“They[b] don’t know what is happening.
    They don’t understand!
They don’t know what they are doing.
    Their world is falling down around them!”
I, God Most High, say,
    “You are gods,[c] my own sons.
But you will die as all people must die.
    Your life will end like that of any ruler.”

Get up, God! You be the judge!
    You be the leader over all the nations!


  1. Psalm 82:1 assembly of the gods Other nations taught that El (God) and the other gods met together to decide what to do with the people on earth. But many times kings and leaders were also called “gods.” So this psalm may be God’s warning to the leaders of Israel.
  2. Psalm 82:5 They This might mean that the poor don’t understand what is happening. Or it might mean that the “gods” or leaders don’t understand that they are ruining the world by not being fair and by not doing what is right.
  3. Psalm 82:6 gods Or “judges.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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