Psalms 82:7

7 nevertheless, like men 1you shall die, and fall like any prince."[a]

Psalms 82:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 82:7

But ye shall die like men
As men in common do, to whom it is appointed to die, ( Hebrews 9:27 ) or as common men, as men in the lowest class of life: the wise man dies as the fool, the king as the peasant, high as the low, rich as the poor; death levels and makes all alike: or as Adam, as the first man, so Jarchi, who was lord of the whole universe; but being in honour, abode not, but became like the beasts that perish; sinning he died, and so all his posterity, even those who have the greatest power and authority on earth; see ( Psalms 49:2 Psalms 49:10 Psalms 49:12 ) and not only die a corporeal death, but an eternal one, dying in their sins; as Christ threatened the Jewish rulers, Scribes, and Pharisees, if they believed not in him, ( John 8:21 John 8:24 )

and fall like one of the princes;
or the chief of them, Satan, who fell like lightning from heaven, ( Luke 10:18 ) or rather as one of the giants that lived in the old world, famous for their injustice and oppression, that fell in the deluge, ( Genesis 6:4 ) or any of the Heathen princes, tyrants and oppressors, such as are mentioned in the following psalm, ( Psalms 83:9 Psalms 83:10 ) . This may have respect to the destruction of the Jewish nation, which is called the falling of them, ( Romans 11:11 Romans 11:12 ) and the words may be rendered, "and ye shall fall together, equally and alike, O ye princes" F1; when the Jewish state, civil and ecclesiastical, fell, they fell with it, and together; the princes of this world then came to nought, or were abolished, they and their authority, as the Apostle Paul says they should, ( 1 Corinthians 2:6 ) the sceptre then departed from Judah, and the lawgiver from between his feet; all rule and authority ceased among them, as Jacob foretold it would, ( Genesis 49:10 ) .


F1 (dxak) "pariter; sive ex aequo", Maius apud Gataker. Cin. c. 10. p. 292.

Psalms 82:7 In-Context

5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 I said, "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince."
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 49:12; Job 21:32; Ezekiel 31:14; See Ezekiel 28:2-10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or fall as one man, O princes
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