Psalm 82:2
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New International Version
"How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?

New Living Translation
"How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Interlude

English Standard Version
“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

New American Standard Bible
How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.

King James Bible
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

International Standard Version
"How long will you judge partially by showing favor on the wicked? Interlude

NET Bible
He says, "How long will you make unjust legal decisions and show favoritism to the wicked? (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
"How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?" Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How long will you vindicate evil and accept the face of the wicked?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How long are you going to judge unfairly? How long are you going to side with wicked people?" [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? Selah

New American Standard 1977
How long will you judge unjustly,
            And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long will ye judge unjustly and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

American King James Version
How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

American Standard Version
How long will ye judge unjustly, And respect the persons of the wicked? Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long will you judge unjustly: and accept the persons of the wicked?

Darby Bible Translation
How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the person of the wicked? Selah.

English Revised Version
How long will ye judge unjustly, and respect the persons of the wicked? Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

World English Bible
"How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?" Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Till when do ye judge perversely? And the face of the wicked lift up? Selah.
Study Bible
God Presides in the Great Assembly
1A Psalm of Asaph. God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. 2How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah. 3Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Psalm 58:1
For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

Proverbs 18:5
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

Daniel 9:12
"Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

how

Psalm 62:3 How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain …

Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said …

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between …

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, …

judge

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

Exodus 23:6,7 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause…

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Micah 3:1-3,9-12 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

accept

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the …

Galatians 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatever they were, it makes …

(2-4) These verses contain the rebuke addressed by the supreme judge to those abusing the judicial office and function.

(2) How long?--What a terrible severity in this Divine Quousque tandem!

"The gods

Grow angry with your patience; this their care,

And must be yours, that guilty men escape not;

As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself."

BEN JONSON.

Judge unjustly.--Literally, judge iniquity. For the opposite expression see Psalm 58:1. Leviticus 19:15, which lays down the great principle of strictly fair and unbribable justice is evidently in the poet's mind, as is shown by the use of the next clause.

Accept the persons.--Literally, lift up the faces. An expression arising from the Eastern custom of prostration before a king or judge. The accepted suitor is commanded to "lift up his face," i.e., to arise. (Comp. Proverbs 18:5, and Jehoshaphat's address to the judges, 2Chronicles 19:7.) This fine sense of the majesty of incorruptible justice attended Israel throughout its history. (See Ecclesiasticus 7:6.)

Verse 2. - How long will ye judge unjustly? "The cry of the impatient Jehovah" (Cheyne); comp. Exodus 10:3; Exodus 16:28; Numbers 14:11, 27. And accept the persons of the wicked? Accepting men's persons is favouring them unduly on account of their position or outward circumstances. It was strictly forbidden in the Mosaic Law (see Deuteronomy 1:17; Deuteronomy 16:19; Leviticus 19:15). How long will ye judge unjustly,.... These are the words not of the psalmist, but of the divine Person that stands in the congregation of the mighty, and judges among the gods; calling the unjust judges to an account, and reproving them for their unrighteous proceedings and perversion of justice, in which they had long continued, and which was an aggravation of their sin; this is very applicable to the rulers and judges of the Jewish nation in the times of Christ, who had long dealt very unjustly, and continued to do so; they judged wrong judgment, or judgment of iniquity, as Aben Ezra renders it, both in civil and ecclesiastical things; their judgment was depraved concerning the law, which they transgressed and made void by adhering to the traditions of the elders; they passed an unrighteous judgment on John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, rejecting his baptism, and calling him a devil; and upon Christ himself, adjudging him to death for crimes he was not guilty of; and upon his followers, whom they cast out of the synagogue; the character of an unjust judge see in Luke 18:2,

and accept the persons of the wicked? gave the cause in favour of them, and against the righteous, because they were rich, or related to them, or had bribes from them, contrary to the law in Deuteronomy 16:19, so the judges among the Jews, in Christ's time, judged according to appearance, the outward circumstances of men, and not righteous judgment, as our Lord suggests, John 7:24.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2. 2. accept the persons—literally, "lift up the faces," that is, from dejection, or admit to favor and communion, regardless of merit (Le 19:15; Pr 18:5).82:1-5 Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God's providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs.
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