Psalm 82

1 God standeth in the congregation of God;
He judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly,
And respect the persons of the wicked? [Selah
3 Judge the poor and fatherless:
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
4 Rescue the poor and needy:
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

1 See Psalm xviii. 3, 29, 30, 32. Add: For this reason every angel or spirit that spake with men, and whom they believed to have any power, they called god. A. 300. Those are called gods who are in Divine truths from the Lord, and abstractly the truths themselves. R. 44. The assembly of God signifies heaven. Among the gods signifies with all the angels there, thus in the whole heaven, for the angels are called gods from the Divine truth which they receive from the Lord, for God in the Word signifies the Lord as to the Divine truth proceeding from Him, and which constitutes heaven. E. 313. Since to stand also signifies to be, it is also said of Jehovah. E. 414.

By the assembly of God, and by the gods in the midst of whom Jehovah stood are understood the angels, by whom in the spiritual sense are signified Divine truths, and since the Lord in heaven is Divine truth, therefore to stand is predicated concerning Him. E. 639.

The Lord to the church in which is the Word, from which it is possible to be in Divine truths. P. P.

2-4. Let them not do evils but goods. P. P.

1, 6. It is manifestly plain that the congregation of God, and the gods mean the angelic heaven. A. 4295. The truths which proceed from the Lord are what are here meant by gods. This is evident from its first being said in the singular number, the congregation of God, and afterwards in the midst of the gods. A. 8301.

6 Men also on account of their power were called gods. A. 300.

5 They know not, neither do they understand;
They walk to and fro in darkness:
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

5 The earth in the Word stands for the church, and its foundations are the truths of faith, for these truths of the church are for foundations. A. 9643.
See Psalm xviii. 8, 16. R. 589.
See Psalm xi. 2, 3. R. 902.
See Psalm xviii. 8, 16. E. 1057.
Because they do not do goods, the church is tottering. P. P.

6 I said, Ye are gods,
And all of you sons of the Most High.
7 Nevertheless ye shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.

They who are in doctrinals and not so much in life do not know otherwise than that the heavenly kingdom is similar to kingdoms on earth, in that men become great by ruling over others, this enjoyment being the only one with which they are acquainted, and which they prefer to every other enjoyment, wherefore the Lord spake also in the Word according to this appearance. A. 3417.
They are called gods from truths, for sons are truths. A. 4402.
See Psalm xxix. 1. A. 7268.
See Psalm vii. 18. A. 8153.
” Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?” See John x. 34. This is written here. L. 10.
The foregoing statement repeated in T. 262.
By the law in the broadest sense is meant the whole Word. This is manifest from — the foregoing statement of L. 10 repeated. T. 288.
6, 7. Thus, although they possess the Word they will perish. P. P.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For thou shalt inherit all the nations.

8 Prayer that the Lord may come and effect the judgment.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)