Old Testament

Psalm 82
Psalm 82
Woe to Corrupt Rulers
A psalm by Asaph
Judgment on Corrupt Rulers
1God is standing in the assembly of God.
In the midst of the gods[] he renders judgment.
God's Verdict
2How long will you judge unjustly
and show favoritism to the wicked? Interlude
3Judge in favor of the weak and the fatherless.
Acquit the oppressed and the poor.
4Rescue the weak and the needy.
Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5They do not know. They do not understand.
They walk around in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6I myself said, “You are ‘gods,’
and you are all ‘sons of the Most High.’
7But you will die like men.
You will fall like any other ruler.”
8Rise up, O God. Judge the earth,
for you will take possession of all the nations.


  • 82:1 The term gods, which in Hebrew refers to mighty ones, may refer to heathen gods (which really are demons) or occasionally to angels or to rulers, who act as God's representatives. Verses 6 and 7 suggest that in this psalm it is the last of these options. Jesus makes use of this interpretation of this psalm in John 10:34.