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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Psalm 82

Chapter 82

God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

A. M. 3108. B.C. 896. (Title.) A Psalm. Some refer this psalm to the time of David, and others to that of Hezekiah; but it is more probable that it was composed when Jehoshaphat reformed the courts throughout his kingdom

2 Chronicles 19:6,7

of Asaph

or, for Asaph.

God, etc

Or, "God standeth in the assembly of God, ail, he judgeth among the judges." Elohim: God is among His own people; and presides especially in those courts of justice which Himself has established.

Exodus 18:21 2 Chronicles 19:6,7 Ecclesiastes 5:8

the gods

6,7 138:1 Exodus 21:6 22:28 John 10:35

How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.


62:3 Exodus 10:3 1 Kings 18:21 Matthew 17:17


58:1,2 Exodus 23:6,7 Leviticus 19:15 Micah 3:1-3,9-12


Deuteronomy 1:17 2 Chronicles 19:7 Job 34:19 Proverbs 18:5 Galatians 2:6

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.


Heb. Judge.

10:18 Deuteronomy 10:18 Isaiah 1:17,23


Jeremiah 5:28 22:3,16 James 1:27

Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.


72:12-14 Job 29:12,16,17 Proverbs 24:11,12


140:12 Nehemiah 5:1-13 Job 5:15,16

They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.


That is, the judges know not.

know not

53:4 Proverbs 1:29 Micah 3:1 Romans 1:28


Proverbs 2:13 4:19 Ecclesiastes 2:14 John 3:19 12:35 1 John 2:11

all the, etc

All the civil institutions of the land totter.

11:3 75:3 Ecclesiastes 3:16 Isaiah 5:7 2 Timothy 2:19

out of course

Heb. moved.

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

1 Exodus 22:9,28 John 10:34-36

But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.


49:12 Job 21:32 Ezekiel 31:14

like men

Or, "like Adam," ke‰dam.

and fall, etc

Or, "as fall as one of them, O ye princes."


Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.


7:6 44:26 96:13 102:13 Isaiah 51:9 Micah 7:2,7 Zephaniah 3:8


2:8 22:28 Revelation 11:15