Psalm 82 Outline
– The psalmist described God presiding over the judges in court cases (Psalm 82:1)
– The psalmist rebuked the judges for defending the wicked (Psalm 82:2-4)
– The psalmist condemned the judges for not carrying out justice although they represent God’s authority (Psalm 82:5)
– The psalmist urged God to see the needy people and bring justice on earth (Psalm 82:6-7)
Psalm 82 Summary
In Psalm 82:1, the psalmist, Asaph, described God is watching over the congregation and judges in court cases. He called the judges and magistrates as gods because they are God’s servants. The judges and magistrates are representatives of God that give just verdict and punish the criminals.
In Psalm 82:2-4, the psalmist, Asaph rebuked the judges and magistrates for being partial and giving unfair judgment that side with the ones that do wrong. He urged them to change their ways and give right judgment to defend the cause of the weak and needy.
In Psalm 82:5, the psalmist, Asaph, described the magistrates don’t know how to be judge. They don’t care about doing justice and persists in walking in darkness. Their careless behavior has corrupted other officials and affected the welfare of the public.
In Psalm 82:6-7, the psalmist, Asaph, condemned the magistrates by saying, though they are called gods and sons of Most High, yet, they did not really do what God wants them to do and judge the cases justly. The psalmist described the magistrates as gods because God gave them power to rule over the people’s cases in his stead. The magistrates are representatives of God and his authority. The magistrates were corrupted and give false judgment that sided with the wicked. Therefore, they will perish and go to hell.
In Psalm 82:8, the psalmist, Asaph, urged God to bring justice to the people on earth because they are all God’s creation.
Psalm 82 Bible Study
1. Don’t be impartial
Not being fair is a sin. We must always be fair in treating people or when giving judgment in a case brought to our attention. In Isaiah 56:1, thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. In Isaiah 1:17, learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. In Matthew 7:12, therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.