Psalm 82: Call for Justice

If God stands above all other powers, why have tyrants been able to abuse people?

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Psalm 82:1–2 A song of Asaph.
God stands above all other powers, judging those who rule as if they had divine authority.
How long, God, will you allow the wicked to get away with their crimes? Pause to consider this.
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Psalm 82:1–2 <A Psalm of Asaph.> God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Why hasn’t God already helped the poor and needy?

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Psalm 82:3–4 Help the poor and needy, orphans and the afflicted. Deliver them all from the hands of the wicked.
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Psalm 82:3–4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

How do the highly intelligent show their stupidity?

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Psalm 82:5 Magistrates and judges aren’t so smart. They are blind and don’t know it, walking in darkness, not understanding anything. Their world is falling apart.
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Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

How can people be blind and not know it?

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Psalm 82:5 Magistrates and judges aren’t so smart. They are blind and don’t know it, walking in darkness, not understanding anything. Their world is falling apart.
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Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

If magistrates and judges stand in authority, how is their world falling apart?

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Psalm 82:5 Magistrates and judges aren’t so smart. They are blind and don’t know it, walking in darkness, not understanding anything. Their world is falling apart.
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Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

How can God rightly call people “gods”?

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Psalm 82:6 “You are gods,” I say, “children of the Most High.”
John 10:34–36 “Don’t your own scriptures say, You are gods? We know the scripture is as true now as it was then. If God called those people gods, why do you call it blasphemy when the one whom the Father has anointed and sent into the world says, ‘I am the Son of God’?”
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Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
John 10:34–36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

Why do gods die?

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Psalm 82:6–7 “You are gods,” I say, “children of the Most High.” But you will die like everyone else, as do even the most powerful rulers.
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Psalm 82:6–7 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

What gives God the right to judge people?

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Psalm 82:8 Rise up and judge the land, God, for all the people belong to you.
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Psalm 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.