Psalms 82:2
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2  How long will you judge perversely, showing favor to 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 you judge perversely

A nation without a proper justice system will crumble. The prophet Yeshayahu criticizes the people, pointing out 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. Asaf 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 Hashem to return to Israel and take His rightful place as the true Judge of the land.

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    how long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked (selah)

  • Carl Coglianese

    A nation without Laws and a way to administer those laws with Justice will not survive in any way with justice and fairness with longevity or compassion in any way. Isaiah Tells the Children of Israel that while they love to make and offer sacrifice they do not have the right to judge the orphan, widow and stranger with compassion. There are judges who pander to the corrupt and the wealthy as they still do to this very day. Times may change, I guess people sometimes never do? Asaph laughs at these judges for they take themselves so serous and consider themselves men of greatness and great influence and power. He reminds them that there time will soon come and perhaps that they will not be able to take any of it with them. Death after all is the great equalizer I have indeed learned after all.

    In the end He call out to God. Please let me return to Israel and let me return to being a judge, in the land were I love and rightfully belong. Carl

Psalms 82:2

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