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1 A Psalme of Asaph. God standeth in the Congregation of the mightie: hee iudgeth among the gods.

2 How long will yee iudge vniustly: and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

3 Defend the poore and fatherlesse: doe iustice to the afflicted and needie.

4 Deliuer the poore and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

5 They know not, neither wil they vnderstand; they walke on in darknes: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6 I haue said, Ye are gods: and all of you are children of the most High:

7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the Princes.

8 Arise, O God, iudge the earth: for thou shalt inherite all nations.

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Commentary for Psalms 82

An exhortation to judges. (1-5) The doom of evil rulers. (6-8)

1-5 Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God's providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs.

6-8 It is hard for men to have honour put upon them, and not to be proud of it. But all the rulers of the earth shall die, and all their honour shall be laid in the dust. God governs the world. There is a righteous God to whom we may go, and on whom we may depend. This also has respect to the kingdom of the Messiah. Considering the state of affairs in the world, we have need to pray that the Lord Jesus would speedily rule over all nations, in truth, righteousness, and peace.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 82

  • Biblefan
    there's only one god - but the term 'god' sounds like it's being used facetiously in regards to the powerful who take themselves too seriously, yet at the same time doing nothing with their power to help the needy. (Kim Jong Un, i'm looking at you). The other Kim's are dead, incidently. The super rich/powerful's biggest fear is losing their riches/power( hence their perceived godhood)
  • Magnus
    This psalm was quoted by Jesus in John 10:34 specifically indicating that reborn Christians, being the sons of God are gods and it comes with the responsibilities listed in verse 3 and 4.
    It warns us not to remain in darkness but to open our eyes to what our new purpose is and that as Christians we should be world changers by the love and power of our Most High Father and God.
  • Star child
    This got pass the council in 325AD this is a word for word true saying this is not for the faint of heart or preachers dealing in dirt doing it in the name of the Lord if you have ears you al be able to hear if not you will have a small opion
  • Waylin's
    This refers to the second set of fallen Angels, of whom mated with the daughters of man. This was there judgement to die as mere mortals, because before they were immortal before they fell from grace like one of the princes who fell from grace the first time satan .
  • Joey
    Stop taking one verse and making something new out of it. It's about being judges, God is the ultimate authority and JUDGE; He is telling us as he has in other verses and there is an entire book named "Judges"...."don't you know you will "JUDGE" angels"?..."I say this to your shame, is there not one among who can "JUDGE" among the brethren"?.. We are judges NOT gods. There IS ONLY ONE God, period.
  • Jacob
    I have the conviction that this scripture points us to the fact that we were originally made in the image of God and empowered to live as such. Though the efficacy was lost to sin at a point but grace recovered it in Christ Jesus through His finished work at Calvary. Therefore as born again folks, we should live and reason/act as God in all things for we are just in the world but not of the world

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