The Message

Psalm 82

An Asaph Psalm

1God calls the judges into his courtroom,
    he puts all the judges in the dock.

2-4 “Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!
    They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.
And now everything’s falling apart,
    the world’s coming unglued.

6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,
    deputies of the High God,
But you’ve betrayed your commission
    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”

O God, give them their just deserts!
    You’ve got the whole world in your hands!

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 82

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

God takes his place at the head of a large gathering of leaders.
    He announces his decisions among them.

He says, “How long will you stand up for those who aren’t fair to others?
    How long will you show mercy to sinful people?
Stand up for the weak and for children whose fathers have died.
    Protect the rights of people who are poor or treated badly.
Save those who are weak and needy.
    Save them from the power of sinful people.

“You leaders don’t know anything.
    You don’t understand anything.
You are in the dark about what is right.
    Law and order have been destroyed all over the world.

“I said, ‘You leaders are like gods.
    You are all children of the Most High God.’
But you will die, like mere human beings.
    You will die like every other leader.”

God, rise up. Judge the earth.
    All the nations belong to you.