Psalm 82
Contemporary English Version

(A psalm by Asaph.)

Please Do Something, God!

1When all the other gods+

have come together,

the Lord God judges them

and says:

2“How long will you

keep judging unfairly

and favoring evil people?

3Be fair to the poor

and to orphans.

Defend the helpless

and everyone in need.

4Rescue the weak and homeless

from the powerful hands

of heartless people.

5“None of you know

or understand a thing.

You live in darkness,

while the foundations

of the earth tremble.+

6 “I, the Most High God, say

that all of you are gods+

and also my own children.

7But you will die,

just like everyone else,

including powerful rulers.”

8Do something, God!

Judge the nations of the earth;

they belong to you.


82.1 the other gods: This probably refers to the gods of the nations that God defeated, but it could refer to God's servants (angels) in heaven or even to human rulers.
82.5 foundations … tremble: In ancient times it was believed that the earth was flat and supported by columns.
82.6 all of you are gods: See the note at 82.1.

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