Psalm 82 J.H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
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.