Psalms 82:6

6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’

Psalms 82:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 I said, "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High.
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 "I commissioned you judges, each one of you, deputies of the High God,
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 I said, "You are gods. You are all sons of the Most High.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 I said, "You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 "I said, 'Rulers and judges, you are "gods." You are all children of the Most High God.'

Psalms 82:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 82:6

I have said, ye are gods
In the law, ( Exodus 21:6 ) ( 22:28 ) or they were so by his appointment and commission; he constituted them judges and magistrates, invested them with such an office, by which they came to have this title; see ( Romans 13:1 ) , and so our Lord interprets these words, that they were gods "to whom" the word of God came, which gave them a commission and authority to exercise their office, ( John 10:35 ) , or rather "against whom" it came, pronouncing the sentence of death on them, as in ( Psalms 82:7 ) , to which the reference is; declaring, that though they were gods by office, yet were mortal men, and should die. The Targum is, "I said, as angels are ye accounted"; and so judges and civil magistrates had need to be as angels, and to have the wisdom of them; see ( 2 Samuel 14:20 ) . Jarchi interprets it of angels, but magistrates are undoubtedly meant:

and all of you are children of the most High;
the Targum here again renders it,

``the angels of the most High:''

and so Aben Ezra explains it of them who are called the sons of God, ( Job 38:7 ) but men in power are meant, who, because of their eminency and dignity, their high office, post, and place, are so called; see ( Genesis 6:2 ) ( Psalms 89:6 ) .

Psalms 82:6 In-Context

4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.”
8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

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