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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM LXXXII. Chapter Overview

We have here the dignity and duty of magistrates, verse 1-4.
The wickedness of some magistrates, and their doom, verse 5-7.
A prayer to God, verse 8.
A psalm of Asaph.

Verse 1
Standeth - To observe all that is said or done there. Mighty - Kings or chief rulers. By their congregation he understands all persons whatsoever of this high and sacred order. Judgeth - Passes sentence upon them. The gods - Judges and magistrates are called gods, because they have their commission from God, and act as his deputies.

Verse 2
How long - The psalmist speaks to them in God's name. Accept - By giving sentence according to your respect or affection to the person.

Verse 5
They - The magistrates of whom this psalm treats. Know not - The duty of their place. Nor will - Their ignorance is wilful. Walk on - They persist: it is their constant course. In darkness - In their sinful courses. The foundations - This corruption of the supreme rulers, flows from them to their inferior officers and members.

Verse 6
Have said - I have given you my name and power to rule your people in my stead. All - Not only the rulers of Israel, but of all other nations. Children - Representing my person, and bearing both my name and authority.

Verse 7
Like men - Or, like ordinary men.

Verse 8
Arise - Take the sword of justice into thine own hand.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 82". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=082>. 1765.  

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