Psalm 82:3
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New International Version
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

New Living Translation
"Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

English Standard Version
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

New American Standard Bible
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

King James Bible
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

International Standard Version
"Defend the poor and the fatherless. Vindicate the afflicted and the poor.

NET Bible
Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Judge the orphans and the afflicted and justify the poor and the meek.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Defend weak people and orphans. Protect the rights of the oppressed and the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do right concerning the poor and fatherless; do justice to the poor and destitute.

King James 2000 Bible
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

American King James Version
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

American Standard Version
Judge the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Judge for the needy and fatherless: do justice to the humble and the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
Judge the poor and the fatherless, do justice to the afflicted and the destitute;

English Revised Version
Judge the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

Webster's Bible Translation
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

World English Bible
"Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless. Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

Young's Literal Translation
Judge ye the weak and fatherless, The afflicted and the poor declare righteous.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Defend the poor and fatherless; literally, judge them. "Do not deny them justice; do not refuse to hear their cause" (comp. Isaiah 1:23; Jeremiah 5:28). Do justice to the afflicted and needy. After consenting to hear their cause, be sure thou doest them justice. These commands are covert reproaches.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Defend the poor and fatherless,.... Or, judge (d) them; such as have no money to enter and carry on a suit, and have no friends to assist and advise them, and abide by them; these should be taken under the care and wing of judges; their cause should be attended to, and justice done them; their persons should be protected, and their property defended and secured for, since they are called gods, they ought to imitate him whose name they bear, who is the Father of the fatherless, the Judge of the widows, and the helper of the poor that commit themselves to him, Psalm 10:14, such a righteous judge and good magistrate was Job; see Job 29:12,

do justice to the afflicted and needy; or "justify" (e) them, pronounce them righteous, give the cause for them, not right or wrong, nor because they are poor and needy, but because they are in the right; for, if wicked, they are not to be justified, this is an abomination to the Lord; see Leviticus 19:15.

(d) "judicate", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (e) "justificate", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Musculus, Cocceius, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. So must good judges act (Ps 10:14; Job 29:12).

Psalm 82:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Presides in the Great Assembly
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. 4Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 24:17
Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.

Psalm 10:18
defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.

Psalm 41:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

Psalm 72:2
May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.

Psalm 140:12
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Jeremiah 22:16
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

defend. Heb. Judge

Psalm 10:18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth …

Deuteronomy 10:18 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

Isaiah 1:17,23 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the …

do

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Jeremiah 22:3,16 Thus said the LORD; Execute you judgment and righteousness, and deliver …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

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