12 Because I delivered (A)the poor who cried for help,
And the (B)orphan who had no helper.
13 “The blessing of the one (C)ready to perish came upon me,
And I made the (D)widow’s heart sing for joy.
14 “I (E)put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 “I was (F)eyes to the blind
And feet to the lame.
16 “I was a father to (G)the needy,
And I investigated the case which I did not know.
17 “I (H)broke the jaws of the wicked
And snatched the prey from his teeth.

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Unjust Judgments Rebuked.

A Psalm of Asaph.

82 God takes His (A)stand in [a]His own congregation;
He (B)judges in the midst of the [b](C)rulers.
How long will you (D)judge unjustly
And (E)show partiality to the wicked? [c]Selah.
(F)Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
(G)Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

They (H)do not know nor do they understand;
They (I)walk about in darkness;
All the (J)foundations of the earth are shaken.
[d]I (K)said, “You are gods,
And all of you are (L)sons of the Most High.
“Nevertheless (M)you will die like men
And fall like any (N)one of the princes.”
(O)Arise, O God, (P)judge the earth!
For it is You who (Q)possesses all the nations.


  1. Psalm 82:1 Lit the congregation of God
  2. Psalm 82:1 Lit gods
  3. Psalm 82:2 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  4. Psalm 82:6 Lit I, on my part

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