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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 82

Psalms 82:1

psa 82:1

Before the great Judge, the judges of the earth are rebuked, exhorted, and threatened. (Psa 82:1-8)

congregation--(Compare Exo 12:3; Exo 16:1).

of the mighty--that is, of God, of His appointment.

the gods--or, "judges" (Exo 21:6; Exo 22:9), God's representatives.

Psalms 82:2

psa 82:2

accept the persons--literally, "lift up the faces," that is, from dejection, or admit to favor and communion, regardless of merit (Lev 19:15; Pro 18:5).

Psalms 82:3

psa 82:3

So must good judges act (Psa 10:14; Job 29:12).

Psalms 82:4

psa 82:4

poor and needy--(Compare Psa 34:10; Psa 41:1).

Psalms 82:5

psa 82:5

By the wilful ignorance and negligence of judges, anarchy ensues (Psa 11:3; Psa 75:3).

out of course--(Compare Margin; Psa 9:6; Psa 62:2).

Psalms 82:6

psa 82:6

Though God admitted their official dignity (Joh 10:34), He reminds them of their mortality.

Psalms 82:7

psa 82:7

fall like, &c.--be cut off suddenly (Psa 20:8; Psa 91:7).

Psalms 82:8

psa 82:8

As rightful sovereign of earth, God is invoked personally to correct the evils of His representatives.

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