Psalm 82
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 82*

The Downfall of Unjust Gods

1A psalm of Asaph.


God takes a stand in the divine council,

gives judgment in the midst of the gods.a

2“How long will you judge unjustly

and favor the cause of the wicked?b


3“Defend the lowly and fatherless;

render justice to the afflicted and needy.

4Rescue the lowly and poor;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”c


5*The gods neither know nor understand,

wandering about in darkness,

and all the world’s foundations shake.

6I declare: “Gods though you be,*d

offspring of the Most High all of you,

7Yet like any mortal you shall die;

like any prince you shall fall.”

8Arise, O God, judge the earth,*

for yours are all the nations.

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