1 The lords of earth are in the hands
Of God who reigns on high;
Within their councils there he stands
With ever-watchful eye.

2 'How long will you betray the cause
Of justice in the land?
You let the wicked flout the laws
And prosper by your hand.

3 'Defend the poor from those who place
No limit on their greed;
Support the weak and fatherless
And rescue those in need.'

4 Though mindless and corrupt they prove,
And tread the people down,
Though earth's foundations all remove,
Still God is on his throne.

5 They proudly boast a godlike birth,
In death like men they fall;
Arise, O God, and judge the earth,
And rule the nations all!

Psalm 82, David G. Preston based on Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
© D.G. Preston/Jubilate Hymns
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