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Psalm 82, 2012 edition

God stands in the General Assembly; in the midst of world leaders he renders judgment.

He says, "How long will you make unjust legal decisions and show favoritism to the wicked? (Selah)

Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

Rescue the poor and needy! Deliver them from the power of the wicked!

They neither know nor understand. They stumble around in the dark, while all the foundations of the earth crumble.

I thought 'You are the elite; all of you are rulers of the most powerful nations.'

Yet you will die like all mortals; you will fall like all the other rulers."

Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth! For you own all the nations.

Adapted from the NET Bible. Inspired by James M. Trotter's "Death of the אלהים in Psalm 82", JBL 131, no. 2 (2012): 221-239. Trotter argues that the "gods" in this psalm should be understood as divine kings (c.f. Isaiah 14).