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Psalms 82



Verse 1

Psalm 82:1-8. Before the great Judge, the judges of the earth are rebuked, exhorted, and threatened.

congregation — (Compare Exodus 12:3; Exodus 16:1).

of the mighty — that is, of God, of His appointment.

the gods — or, “judges” (Exodus 21:6; Exodus 22:9), God‘s representatives.

Verse 2

accept the persons — literally, “lift up the faces,” that is, from dejection, or admit to favor and communion, regardless of merit (Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 18:5).

Verse 3-4

So must good judges act (Psalm 10:14; Job 29:12).

Verse 4

poor and needy — (Compare Psalm 34:10; Psalm 41:1).

Verse 5

By the willful ignorance and negligence of judges, anarchy ensues (Psalm 11:3; Psalm 75:3).

out of course — (Compare Margin; Psalm 9:6; Psalm 62:2).

Verse 6-7

Though God admitted their official dignity (John 10:34), He reminds them of their mortality.

Verse 7

fall like, etc. — be cut off suddenly (Psalm 20:8; Psalm 91:7).

Verse 8

As rightful sovereign of earth, God is invoked personally to correct the evils of His representatives.


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 82:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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