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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

82:1 mighty. In this verse “mighty” is the Hebrew El; both “God” and “the gods” are Elohim. This is an instance where the commonly used name of God is also associated with those who are supposed to act on His behalf and are called by the same name. Elohim can be either singular, in the one case, or plural, in the other. In this case the “gods” were the human judges in Israel, responsible for exercising true justice among God’s people, but failing miserably in these duties. The psalmist evidently is given a vision in which he sees God standing in the midst of an assemblage of these judges gathered by Him to receive His rebuke.

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