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.