Psalm 82:1-8 – How Long Will You Judge Unjustly

Psalm 82:1-8

1God has taken his place in the divine council;

in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

2“How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked?


3Give justice to the weak and the orphan;

maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

4Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5They have neither knowledge nor understanding,

they walk around in darkness;

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6I say, “You are gods,

children of the Most High, all of you;

7nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,

and fall like any prince.”

8Rise up, O God, judge the earth;

for all the nations belong to you!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place in in you, in a neighbor or in the world where the orphan and widow are judged unjustly.
  • With gentleness, be with the feelings and sensations that arise.
  • Is there a word or an image that emerges?
  • Embrace the word or image and let it speak to you.
  • Where is justice for the weak and the orphan?
  • Where are rights for the lowly and destitute?
  • Where is knowledge and understanding for those walking in darkness?
  • How can you be light to them?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 14, 2019, the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82:1-8
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

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