Psalm 82
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A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.

1God stands in the congregation of [a]the mighty;
He judges among the [b]gods.
2How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3[c]Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked.

5They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are [d]unstable.

6I said, “You are [e]gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
7But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”

8Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For You shall inherit all nations.


  1. Psalm 82:1 Heb. El, lit. God
  2. Psalm 82:1 Judges; Heb. elohim, lit. mighty ones or gods
  3. Psalm 82:3 Vindicate
  4. Psalm 82:5 moved
  5. Psalm 82:6 Judges; Heb. elohim, lit. mighty ones or gods
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