A psalm of Asaph.
God presides over heaven's court;
he pronounces judgment on the judges:
"How long will you judges hand down unjust decisions?
How long will you shower special favors on the wicked?
"Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.
But these oppressors know nothing;
they are so ignorant!
And because they are in darkness,
the whole world is shaken to the core.
I say, `You are gods and children of the Most High.
But in death you are mere men.
You will fall as any prince,
for all must die.' "
Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to you.