They knew not, nor do they understand, In darkness they walk habitually, Moved are all the foundations of earth.
Psalm 82:5 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They know not - The judges are not acquainted with the law of God, on which all their decisions should be founded.
Neither will they understand - They are ignorant and do not wish to be instructed. They will not learn; they cannot teach. Happy England! How different from Judea, even in the days of Jehoshaphat! All thy judges are learned, righteous, and impartial. Never did greater men in their profession dignify any land or country - (1822).
All the foundations of the earth - "All the civil institutions of the land totter." Justice is at the head of all the institutions in a well regulated state: when that gets poisoned or perverted, every evil, political and domestic, must prevail; even religion itself ceases to have any influence.
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they. That is, the judges know not.
Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called on God.
Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...
Proverbs 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light...
John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you...
1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes...
all the. etc., All the civil institutions of the land totter.
Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...
Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment...
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...
out of course. Heb. moved
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