Psalm 82 – New International Version (NIV)

A psalm of Asaph.

  1. God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:
  2. “How long will you[a] defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?[b]
  3. Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
  4. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
  5. “The ‘gods’ 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 mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.”
  8. Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.


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

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Psalm 82 – King James Version (KJV)

A Psalm of Asaph.

  1. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; He judgeth among the gods.
  2. How long will ye judge unjustly, And accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
  3. Defend the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
  4. Deliver the poor and needy: Rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
  5. They know not, neither will they understand; They walk on in darkness: All the foundations of the earth are out of course.
  6. I have said, Ye are gods; And all of you are children of the most High.
  7. But ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.
  8. Arise, O God, judge the earth: For thou shalt inherit all nations.