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An insight into Psalm 82

LDS and Non-LDS scholars alike believe that Psalm 82 are the words to a reenactment/play that would have been performed during a various ancient Jewish Festival. It was a role play of the pre-earth life Council in Heaven where Elohim was played by the King and the rest of Israel would have stood up with Elohim. In the Hebrew, there is corrupted words that some believe are cues to change who says what or what happens.

Some various commentary, therefore, on this Psalm includes God standing and therefore making personal priesthood covenants with those present. Those covenants mirror greatly much of the wording found in the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. It has been suggested elsewhere that the Sermon on the MOUNT (caps added for emphasis) is to be understood as a temple ceremony of sorts.

Defending and delivering the poor is emphasized in Psalms 82. In the Hebrew 'poor' or 'poor in spirit' more correctly means those who are religiously devoted (i.e. pious). Ministering to the poor in physical things and those who are religiously devoted might hint at covenants of consecration.

Verse 6 is a somewhat popular scripture, but it is used out of context and therefore the more plain meaning is missed. In the context of verse 7, it is God saying to the gods that make the assembly of the Divine Council "you will come to earth and become ordinary people. You will die and some of you will seal your testimony with your own blood."

Verse 8 then is a mistranslation of sorts. God is already standing, but the word Elohim can be translated as 'God' or 'gods'. Therefore, Ricks and Baker comment that this verse is Elohim saying to the gods to "arise and go forth to administer the ordinances and covenants among the chosen of the earth" (what the Hebrew for the word 'judge' denotes).

Abraham 3:22-23 comes into play when Ricks and Baker combine Psalms 82 with it. It becomes so beautiful:

"Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. [He asked,] How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. [After the covenant, God said,] These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born."

As a citation, this information was found in 'Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord', pgs. 165-174.


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