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Psalm 82:1-3 International Standard Version (ISV)

A Psalm of Asaph

Asking God for Justice

82 God takes his stand in the divine assembly;
    among the divine[a] beings[b] he renders judgment:

“How long will you judge partially
    by showing favor on the wicked?[c]

“Defend the poor and the fatherless.
    Vindicate the afflicted and the poor.


  1. Psalm 82:1 Or angelic
  2. Psalm 82:1 Or the gods
  3. Psalm 82:2 Lit. you lift the face
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Psalm 82:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God presides in the great assembly;
    he renders judgment among the “gods”:

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?[b]
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.


  1. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew is plural.
  2. Psalm 82:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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