Psalms 82:3-4

3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
ESV
3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
NLT
3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
MSG
3 You're here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
CSB
3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

Psalms 82:3-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 82

\\<>\\. This psalm was written for the use of persons in power, for the instruction of kings and princes, judges and civil magistrates; according to Kimchi, it was written about the times of Jehoshaphat, who appointed new judges throughout the land; those that were before having been very corrupt, to whom he gave a charge agreeably to the purport of this psalm, 2Ch 19:5-7, but it seems rather to be written by Asaph, in the times of David, under a spirit of prophecy, and has respect to the times of Christ, when there was a great corruption among the judges and rulers of the Jews, both civil and ecclesiastic. The Syriac version calls it, "a reproof of the ungodly Jews"; our Lord cites a passage out of it in vindication of himself from their charge of blasphemy, Joh 10:34-36.

Psalms 82:3-4 In-Context

1 God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:
2 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
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.’

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 24:17
  • 2. Psalms 140:12; Jeremiah 5:28; Jeremiah 22:16
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