Psalm 82        J.H.

Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre

Common Metre Tunes

 1  Among the princes, men of might, 
       the Lord himself doth stand,
    To plead the cause of truth and right
       with judges of the land.

 2  How long, saith he, will ye proceed
       false judgement to award?
    Why have ye partially agreed
       the wicked to regard?

 3  Whereas of right ye should defend
       the fatherless and weak;
    And when the poor man doth contend,
       in judgement justly speak.

 4  If ye be wise, defend the cause
       of poor men in their right,
    And rid the needy from the claws
       of tyrants' force and might.

 5  They will not learn nor understand,
       but still in darkness go:
    All the foundations of the laud
       are out of course also.

 6  I had decreed assuredly
       as gods to take you all;
    Children also of the Most High,
       for love I did you call:

 7  But notwithstanding ye shall die
       as men, and so decay;
    O tyrants, you destroy will I,
       and pluck you quite away.

 8  Up, Lord, and let thy strength be known,
       and judge the world with might:
    For why? all nations are thy own,
       to take them as thy right.   

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