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Psalms 82:7

 

 

"Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes."

Adam Clarke Commentary

But ye shall die like men - כאדם keadam, "ye shall die like Adam," who fell from his high perfection and dignity as ye have done. Your high office cannot secure you an immortality.

And fall like one of the princes - Justice shall pursue you, and judgment shall overtake you; and you shall be executed like public state criminals. You shall not, in the course of nature, fall into the grave; but your life shall be brought to an end by a legal sentence, or a particular judgment of God.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-82.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

But ye shall die like men - You are mortal, like other people. This fact you have forgotten. You have been lifted up with pride, as if you were in fact more exalted than other people; as if you were not subject to the law which consigns all people to the grave. An ancient monarch directed his servant to address him each morning in this language: “Remember, sire, that thou art mortal.” No more salutary truth can be impressed on the minds of the rich and the great than that they are, in this respect, like other people - like the poorest, the meanest of the race: that they will die under similar forms of disease; that they will experience the same pain; that all which is fearful in death will be their portion as well as that of the most obscure; and that in the grave, with whatever pomp and splendor they descend to it, or however magnificent the monument which may be reared over the spot where they lie, there will be the same offensive and repulsive process of decay which occurs in the most humble grave in the country churchyard. Why, then - oh, why - should man be proud?

And fall like one of the princes - And die as one of the princes. The idea in the word fall may be, perhaps, that they would die by the hand of violence - or be cut down, as princes often are, e. g. in battle. The use of the word princes here denotes that they would die as other persons of exalted rank do; that is, that they were mortal as all people, high and low, are - as common people are, and as princes are. Though they had names - אל 'Êl and אלהים 'Elohiym - that suggested the idea of divinity, yet such appellations did not make any real change in their condition as people, and as subject to the ordinary laws under which people live. Whatever name they bore. it did not afford any security against death.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-82.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But ye shall die like men,.... As men in common do, to whom it is appointed to die, Hebrews 9:27 or as common men, as men in the lowest class of life: the wise man dies as the fool, the king as the peasant, high as the low, rich as the poor; death levels and makes all alike: or as Adam, as the first man, so Jarchi, who was lord of the whole universe; but being in honour, abode not, but became like the beasts that perish; sinning he died, and so all his posterity, even those who have the greatest power and authority on earth; see Psalm 49:2 and not only die a corporeal death, but an eternal one, dying in their sins; as Christ threatened the Jewish rulers, Scribes, and Pharisees, if they believed not in him, John 8:21.

and fall like one of the princes; or the chief of them, Satan, who fell like lightning from heaven, Luke 10:18 or rather as one of the giants that lived in the old world, famous for their injustice and oppression, that fell in the deluge, Genesis 6:4 or any of the Heathen princes, tyrants and oppressors, such as are mentioned in the following psalm, Psalm 83:9. This may have respect to the destruction of the Jewish nation, which is called the falling of them, Romans 11:11 and the words may be rendered, "and ye shall fall together, equally and alike, O ye princes"F1כאחד "pariter; sive ex aequo", Maius apud Gataker. Cin. c. 10. p. 292. ; when the Jewish state, civil and ecclesiastical, fell, they fell with it, and together; the princes of this world then came to nought, or were abolished, they and their authority, as the Apostle Paul says they should, 1 Corinthians 2:6 the sceptre then departed from Judah, and the lawgiver from between his feet; all rule and authority ceased among them, as Jacob foretold it would, Genesis 49:10.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-82.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

e But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

(e) No title of honour will excuse you, but you will be subject to God's judgments, and tender account as well as other men.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-82.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-82.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Like men — Or, like ordinary men.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-82.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Ver. 7. But ye shall die like men] Yea, if wicked, like beasts, but only for their pillow and bolster. Super cubilia forsan in honore moriuntur, quo a bestiis differunt, sed non in morte, saith Kimchi. God, who had so highly advanced such, will lay them low enough; even in the slimy valley (if not in hell), where are many already like them, and more shall come after them, Job 21:31-32. Our Henry VIII was told on his death bed that he should go to the place of princes; which was no great comfort, if the old proverb be true, that hell is paved with the crowns of princes and helmets of soldiers. The Spanish friar used to say, there were but few princes in hell; for what reason? there were but few in all.

And fall like one of the princes] Of the heathen tyrants, which are oft slain by the people, as most of the Caesars before Constantine were. Ad generum Cereris, &c. Some of the fathers, Arnobius, Chrysostom, Theodoret, &c., understand it to be Beelzebub and his fellows, qui acerbissimis et exquisitissimis tormentis cruciantur, who are most tormented in hell, 2 Peter 2:1, Potentes potenter torquebantur. Some read it, And ye, O princes, shall fall as one, i.e. as others do. A necessary consideration for great ones, who are apt to dream of an immortality, or, at least, to drive off the thoughts of death.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-82.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 82:7. Fall like one the princes Fall like one of the poor; whom ye treat with so much contempt, as to refuse them justice. See Psalms 82:3. Bishop Hare: who has thus nobly restored the text here, reading הרשׁים harashim, instead of השׂרים hassrim.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-82.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

But ye shall die: but let not this make you insolent and secure; for though you are gods by name and office, yet still you are mortal men, you must die and give up your account to me your superior Lord and Governor; and you shall die and fall by the hands of my justice, if you persist in your unjust and ungodly courses.

Like men; or, like ordinary men, as the Hebrew word adam sometimes signifies, as it doth Psalms 49:2. If it be objected, that there adam is opposed to ish, which notes persons of a higher rank; in like manner it is here opposed to the same sort of men, who are here called gods.

And fall like one of the princes: so the sense is, You (who are esteemed by yourselves and others gods upon earth) shall fall (or die, as he said in the former branch; falling being oft put for dying, with this addition, that it notes not an ordinary, but a violent and judicial death, as Exodus 19:21 Jeremiah 39:18 Hosea 5:5)

like one (or, like other, or other’s, as this very word is rendered, Jude 16:7,11, which also is expounded there, Jude 16:17, like every, or any) of the princes, i.e. as other unrighteous or tyrannical rulers have done in all foregoing ages, and still do, your eyes seeing it; even in like manner shall you, to whom now I speak, fall and perish, if you do not learn by their examples. But these words are by some late learned interpreters translated otherwise, and that very agreeably to the Hebrew words and accents, And you, O ye princes, (or, you that are princes, before called gods.) shall fall like one, or like every, or any, of them, i.e. of the ordinary men last mentioned. So there is only an ellipsis of the pronoun, which is frequent in the Hebrew language. Or, shall fall together, as this word is translated, Ezra 2:64 3:9; or alike, as it is rendered Ecclesiastes 11:6, in like manner, to wit, as ordinary men do. Your godhead shall be taken away from you, and your death shall show you to be but mortal men, as others are.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-82.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

7. Ye shall die like men—Your high office and titles will give you no immunity, from the common fate of mortal men. You “shall die” like those poor whose cause you have despised, (see Psalms 49:11-14,) and like all other princes of the earth. The form of speech is similar to Judges 16:7; Judges 16:11; Judges 16:17, “Then shall I be weak, and be as another man.”


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-82.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Agarenes descended from Agar, though they took the name of Saracens, as if they had sprung from Sara, (Worthington) or they dwelt at Agra, otherwise called Petra, in Arabia; or on the east of Galaad, 1 Paralipomenon v. 10. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-82.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

men. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

princes. Compare Numbers 16:2, Numbers 16:35.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-82.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

But ye shall die like men - like any ordinary man; Hebrew, 'aadaam (Hebrew #120) (Psalms 9:20). The gods or great men had virtually forgotten that they are liable to die like other men (Psalms 49:11). God tells them, your god-like station wherewith God has invested you will not exempt you from the penalty of your abuse of it.

And fall like one of the princes - i:e., be cut off by God's judgment by a violent death. [So naapal (Hebrew #5307), "perish" by God's judgment, Exodus 19:21; Jeremiah 39:18.] You shall no more escape than other wicked princes who fell by the judgment of God (1 Kings 22:17-34). So even a pagan satirist, Juvenal, remarks-`Ad generum Cereris sine coede et saugnine, panei Descendnut reges, and sicca morte tyranni'-Few kings descend to Ceres' son-in-law (Pluto, the pagan god of the world of death) without slaughter and blood and tyrants by a natural death.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-82.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
But
49:12; Job 21:32; Ezekiel 31:14
like men
Or, "like Adam," keädam.
and fall, etc
Or, "as fall as one of them, O ye princes."
83:11

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 82:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-82.html.

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