Psa 82: A Call to the Judge
psalm of Asaph.
Comments: A short psalm that portrays the Lord as the
Judge of the earth [v.1] who calls the people to maintain justice
[v.2-4]. He points out that idols are worse than useless when
it comes to bringing justice, and human beings are only a little
better [v.5-7], and concludes with a call for the Lord to judge
the earth and hold all accountable as they are of His making and,
at the end, still belong to Him [His inheritance].
The Lord as Judge
presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the ‘gods':
He calls for justice
long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the
the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Idols are useless, humans are of God's making but still die
“gods” know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are
said, “You are ‘gods';
you are all sons of the Most High.”
you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.'
A call for the Judge to judge the earth
up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.
Comments: The fact that the word ‘judgment' occurs 158
times in the NIV indicates that this is an important subject,
God's evaluation and subsequent action in respect of sinners in
the human race. It is the apostle James who declares, “There is
only one Lawgiver and Judge,” (Jas 4:12) and concludes with the
warning, “The Judge is standing at the door.” (Jas 5:9). As we
said in the previous psalm, this psalm is a wakeup call.]
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