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Wesley's Notes on the Bible
1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
82:1 Standeth - To observe all that is said or done there. Mighty - Kings or chief rulers. By their congregation he understands all persons whatsoever of this high and sacred order. Judgeth - Passes sentence upon them. The gods - Judges and magistrates are called gods, because they have their commission from God, and act as his deputies.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
82:2 How long - The psalmist speaks to them in God's name. Accept - By giving sentence according to your respect or affection to the person.
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.
82:5 They - The magistrates of whom this psalm treats. Know not - The duty of their place. Nor will - Their ignorance is wilful. Walk on - They persist: it is their constant course. In darkness - In their sinful courses. The foundations - This corruption of the supreme rulers, flows from them to their inferior officers and members.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
82:6 Have said - I have given you my name and power to rule your people in my stead. All - Not only the rulers of Israel, but of all other nations. Children - Representing my person, and bearing both my name and authority.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
82:7 Like men - Or, like ordinary men.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
82:8 Arise - Take the sword of justice into thine own hand.