Psalms 82

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 82

Chapter Overview:

We have here the dignity and duty of magistrates, ver. 1 - 4.
The wickedness of some magistrates, and their doom, ver. 5 - 7.
A prayer to God, ver. 8.
A psalm of Asaph.
82:1Standeth - To observe all that is said or done there.Mighty - Kings or chief rulers. By their congregation he understands all persons whatsoever of this high and sacred order. Judgeth - Passes sentence upon them. The gods - Judges and magistrates are called gods, because they have their commission from God, and act as his deputies.
82:2How long - The psalmist speaks to them in God's name.Accept - By giving sentence according to your respect or affection to the person.
82:5They - The magistrates of whom this psalm treats. Know not - The duty of their place. Nor will - Their ignorance is wilful.Walk on - They persist: it is their constant course. In darkness - In their sinful courses. The foundations - This corruption of the supreme rulers, flows from them to their inferior officers and members.
82:6Have said - I have given you my name and power to rule your people in my stead. All - Not only the rulers of Israel, but of all other nations. Children - Representing my person, and bearing both my name and authority.
82:7Like men - Or, like ordinary men.
82:8Arise - Take the sword of justice into thine own hand.