Psalms 82
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1  A Psalm of Asaf. God standeth in the congregation of God; in the midst of the judges He judgeth:

א  מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף אֱלֹהִים נִצָּב בַּעֲדַת אֵל בְּקֶרֶב אֱלֹהִים יִשְׁפֹּט.

2  ‘How long will ye judge unjustly, and respect the persons of the wicked? Selah

ad ma-TAI tish-p’-TU A-vel uf-NAY r’-sha-EEM tis-U SE-lah

ב  עַד מָתַי תִּשְׁפְּטוּ עָוֶל וּפְנֵי רְשָׁעִים תִּשְׂאוּ סֶלָה.

82:2   How long will ye judge unjustly

A nation without a proper justice system will crumble. Isaiah the prophet exhorts the people that while they love to offer sacrifices, they do not judge the orphan, widow and stranger with compassion. In a most biting simile he compares the people to Sodom and Gomorrah (Isaiah 1:10-17). This psalm is directed at the corrupt judges who pander to the wealthy and influential. Asaph ridicules these judges who take themselves to be of great importance, and reminds them that their demise will surely come. In the end, he calls out to God to return to Israel and take His rightful place as judge of the land.

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3  Judge the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

ג  שִׁפְטוּ דַל וְיָתוֹם עָנִי וָרָשׁ הַצְדִּיקוּ.

4  Rescue the poor and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

ד  פַּלְּטוּ דַל וְאֶבְיוֹן מִיַּד רְשָׁעִים הַצִּילוּ.

5  They know not, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are moved.

ה  לֹא יָדְעוּ וְלֹא יָבִינוּ בַּחֲשֵׁכָה יִתְהַלָּכוּ יִמּוֹטוּ כָּל מוֹסְדֵי אָרֶץ.

6  I said: Ye are godlike beings, and all of you sons of the Most High.

ו  אֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי אֱלֹהִים אַתֶּם וּבְנֵי עֶלְיוֹן כֻּלְּכֶם.

7  Nevertheless ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.’

ז  אָכֵן כְּאָדָם תְּמוּתוּן וּכְאַחַד הַשָּׂרִים תִּפֹּלוּ.

8  Arise, O God, judge the earth; for Thou shalt possess all the nations.

ח  קוּמָה אֱלֹהִים שָׁפְטָה הָאָרֶץ כִּי אַתָּה תִנְחַל בְּכָל הַגּוֹיִם.

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