1 God has stood up in the council of heaven:
in the midst of the gods he gives judgement.
2 ‘How long will you judge unjustly:
and favour the cause of the wicked?
3 ‘Judge for the poor and fatherless:
vindicate the afflicted and oppressed.
4 ‘Rescue the poor and needy:
and save them from the hands of the wicked.
5 ‘They do not know, they do not understand,
they walk about in darkness:
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 ‘Therefore I say, “Though you are gods:
and all of you children of the Most High,
7 ‘“Nevertheless you shall die like a mortal:
and fall like one of the princes.”’
8 Arise, O God, and judge the earth:
for you shall take all nations as your possession.