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Psalms 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.#Is 3:13–14.
2“How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?#Ps 58:2.
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.”#Dt 1:17.
5#The gods are blind and unable to declare what is right. Their misrule shakes earth’s foundations (cf. Ps 11:3; 75:4), which God made firm in creation (Ps 96:10).The gods neither know nor understand,
wandering about in darkness,
and all the world’s foundations shake.
6I declare: “Gods though you be,#I declare: “Gods though you be”: in Jn 10:34 Jesus uses the verse to prove that those to whom the word of God is addressed can fittingly be called “gods.”#2 Pt 1:4.
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,#Judge the earth: according to Dt 32:8–9, Israel’s God had originally assigned jurisdiction over the foreign nations to the subordinate deities, keeping Israel as a personal possession. Now God will directly take over the rulership of the whole world.
for yours are all the nations.

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