Psalm 82 – Rescue the Weak and Needy

scales01This psalm is a community lament against the unjust rulers of Israel.  Because of the unfortunate rendering of the word “gods” in the text, some have supposed this to be a reference to angels on earth.  But it merely refers to those who are in a position of authority on earth by God’s will and are therefore His representatives – whether they behave as such or not.    The psalm is a plea to God for justice for those who are weak and for the poor who suffer at the hands of those who are blessed with better stations in life.  Because God does indeed demonstrate throughout the scriptures how very much He cares for the poor, the psalmist is rightly certain that this plea will be heard and answered by the judge most high:

“Arise O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!”

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/Bob’s boy
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