Psalm 82

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute” (v3).  The psalmist depicts God judging other “gods” (human rulers, who were given divine titles in the ancient world) in light of how they treat the weak and vulnerable.  He condemns them for using their power unfairly: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?” (v2).  God announces the responsibility of those with power and money: “Rescue the weak and needy” (v4).

“They have neither knowledge or understanding …” (v5).  Power, money, and influence are worthless in God’s eyes unless we submit them to His good purposes on behalf of “the weak and needy.”