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Psalms 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides in the great assembly;
     he gives judgment among the "gods":
2 "How long will you(1) defend the unjust
     and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
     maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and needy;
     deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 "They 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.'
7 But you will die like mere men;
     you will fall like every other ruler."
8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

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