Though it is sad when God must bring judgment on those who are evil, it means deliverance for those who are righteous in Christ.

BibleGateway: Psalm 82

ESV Text: Psalm 82

Psalm 82 (Listen)

Rescue the Weak and Needy

A Psalm of Asaph.


82:1   God has taken his place in the divine council;
    in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
  “How long will you judge unjustly
    and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
    maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
  Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”


  They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
    they walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.


  I said, “You are gods,
    sons of the Most High, all of you;
  nevertheless, like men you shall die,
    and fall like any prince.”1


  Arise, O God, judge the earth;
    for you shall inherit all the nations!

Footnotes

[1] 82:7 Or fall as one man, O princes

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 82:

     1 A Psalm of Asaph. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 556:
O God, Be with Us

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O God, be with us, for the night is falling; 
For Thy protection we to Thee are calling; 
Beneath Thy shadow to our rest we yield us; 
Thou, Lord, wilt shield us. 

2. May evil fancies flee away before us; 
Till morning cometh, watch, O Father, o’er us; 
In soul and body Thou from harm defend us, 
Thine angel send us. 

3. While we are sleeping, keep us in Thy favor; 
When we awaken, let us never waver 
All day to serve Thee, Thy due praise pursuing 
In all our doing. 

4. Through Thy Beloved soothe the sick and weeping 
And bid the captive lose his grief in sleeping; 
Widows and orphans, we to Thee commend them, 
Do Thou befriend them. 

5. We have no refuge, none on earth to aid us, 
Save Thee, O Father, who Thine own hast made us. 
But Thy dear presence will not leave them lonely 
Who seek Thee only. 

6. Thy name be hallowed and Thy kingdom given, 
Thy will among us done as ’tis in heaven; 
Feed us, forgive us, from all ill deliver 
Now and forever. 


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