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1 (A Psalm of Asaph.) God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6 I have 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, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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

  • 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    I have the conviction that this scripture points us to the fact that we were originally made in the image of God and empowered to live as such.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
  • Divine
    Maybe it simply means what it says smh. Ye are gods, but man manipulates the meaning to satisfy his own human ego. Who else could God hold a council with? Other gods perhaps??? Stop analyzing and just read the words aloud. They make sense all by themselves
  • James Gravelle
    This does indeed mean we are all Gods just as the scripture says...perhaps in this case we not change the meaning but instead change how we define what a true God is,not rationalizing what the scripture says to benefit the foundation of any religious belief... if we change the way we look at things maybe the things we look at will change
  • Favoured for ever
    "Ye are god". Read John 10:34 -35 for a better understanding coming from the mouth of Jesus. 35 especially explains it " if He called them gods unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken. We understand in John 1:1 that God is "the Word" which implies those professing the inspired Word of God are taking upon them His characteristics and nature but not His position as God.
  • Victor Ojionye
    The chapter teaches that men are not God. Those who act like one shall only be god and not God. A good lesson indeed. Thank you Jess.
  • Antonio Sanders
    I believe what this verse is talking about is both fallen angels' and humans who call themselves gods' and act like a gods'. They stand before God to be judge for wrongful acts' they commit against the world we live in. We all are Divine. It's just our actions' that proves otherwise. So, in that sense, I'm going to take this as a warning for all those who don't take judgement and actions' serious.
  • Irene123
    V. 5 - " ... and all the 'foundations' of the earth ... "; the 'gods' here are the Jewish leaders who led the Jews into idolatry. They had not followed the laws of God wholly - the 'laws' of a nation are it's foundation; just as the way the U.S. is going. Jn. 10:34; Ps. 82:6; It's interesting that in Jn.10:34 Jesus said, " ... I said ... " - concerning Ps. 82:6.
  • HIDE
    "Thou shall have no other Gods before me."
    He stands before the council of those MINOR GODS and judges them.
    Yes we can be as, jesus told the Pharases the scripture that says we each are or by free will a part of GOD
    Ti's hatd to grasp the thought that there are other gods and those who preach today do not want to breach that topic.
    When GOD walked in the Garden he was not alone,,

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