Psalm 82 Decoded: Divine Council or Earthly Judges – What’s the Real Deal?

Discover the powerful message of Psalm 82, urging leaders to defend the weak, uphold justice, and promote fairness in the world. Learn how you can make a difference in your everyday life.

What It Means in the Bible, and What It Means in Your Life

In the Bible, Psalm 82 is a call to justice and righteousness, where God stands in judgment among the “gods” or rulers of the earth.

Psalm 82 – New International Version (NIV):

  1. God presides in the great assembly;
    he renders judgment among the “gods”:

  2. “How long will you defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?

  3. Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

  4. Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.


  1. “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
    They walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

  2. “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
    you are all sons of the Most High.’

  3. But you will die like mere mortals;
    you will fall like every other ruler.”

  4. Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance.

This passage addresses leaders and judges, reminding them to act with justice and compassion.

In your everyday life, this message is about taking responsibility for promoting fairness and supporting those in need.

Whether you’re a manager at your job, a member of a local community group, or even in your family, you can:

  • Stand up for fairness whenever you see injustice.
  • Lend a helping hand to those who are struggling.
  • Speak out for those who don’t have a voice.
  • Evaluate your decisions and their impact on the less fortunate.

Remember, you don’t need to hold a high position to make a difference; embodying righteousness in small ways adds up to a mighty change.

And just as God called for rulers to uphold justice, use your influence, however small it may seem, to nurture peace and promote truth in your corner of the world.