Psalm 82:2
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

Berean Study Bible
“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.

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

Contemporary English Version
"How long will you keep judging unfairly and favoring evil people?

Good News Translation
"You must stop judging unjustly; you must no longer be partial to the wicked!

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the persons of sinners? Pause.

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 Divine Assembly
1A Psalm of Asaph. God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods: 2“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; uphold the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:17
Show no partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. And bring to me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it."

Psalm 58:1
Do you indeed speak justly, O rulers? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

Proverbs 18:5
Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice.

Daniel 9:12
You have carried out the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us a great disaster. For under all of heaven, nothing has ever been done like what has been 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 ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

Exodus 10:3
And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

judge

Psalm 58:1,2
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? …

Exodus 23:6,7
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause…

Leviticus 19:15
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

accept

Deuteronomy 1:17
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

2 Chronicles 19:7
Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

Job 34:19
How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.







Lexicon
“How long
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

will you judge
תִּשְׁפְּטוּ־ (tiš·pə·ṭū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

unjustly
עָ֑וֶל (‘ā·wel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness

and show partiality
וּפְנֵ֥י (ū·p̄ə·nê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

to the wicked?
רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(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). 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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