Judgement And Justice

Tune: Picardy

('Let all mortal flesh keep silence')

Psalm 82


God stands in the congregation

Of judges of each nation

He judges, and gods they are called

In matters of justice schooled

God says, How long your judgement be

Unjust, wicked, favoured, see


Defend the poor and fatherless

So I shall come to you bless

Do justice to the afflicted

Needs of the poor be not hid

Deliver them from wicked's hands

Righteousness be in all lands


But judges know not, nor will they

Understand through night or day

They walk on in their darkness deep

Do not laws and judgements keep

All foundations of the earth are

Out of course, unstable far


The Lord has said that as gods you

Are, to bring justice anew

And you children of th most High

His presence unto you nigh

But you shall die like men, pass away

Fall like princes, comes your day


Arise, O God, judge the earth sure

You are Judge for evermore

Here man's temporary abode

We shall reap what we have sowed

But you, O God, shall inherit

All nations by your merit


Note: Judges, magistrates, law officials, etc

were seen as 'gods', although human.


  • Michael Edwards

    Yes I was there - sadly I've lost the photographs. Fine work Orchi.

    • orchidee

      Thanks Michael.

    • Goldfinch60

      That justice we saw at the time seems to have changed - or has it?

      • orchidee

        Thanks Gold. Maybe the phrase 'Oh ye gods' originated from this? Similar to OMG but I change that to OMD hopefully - Oh My Days.

      • orchidee

        Your mortal flesh keeping silence there, Michael? It's a 'heavy' tune, sung when the Communion elements of bread and wine were brought out in the church service.
        A bit severe - don't anyone even cough or sneeze!

      • Lorna

        A very eerie musical to go with your poem Orchee....... it takes us so far back in time it gives me goose bumps.....

        • orchidee

          Thanks Lorna. Yes, a 'heavy' tune - nice pics though, I think. Well, think of 'Roses of Picardy' tune to lighten up! Rather a swoony song it is, and bit smoochy! lol.

        • Maxine Smith

          Nicely done Orchidee.

          • orchidee

            Thanks Maxine.

          • BRIAN & ANGELA

            Thanks for the FOLKISH HYMN ~ Steve ~ I sang along with my right hand on my right ear as I do when singing "Maggie Maggie May........!" Loved the POEM ~ God judges Everyone & Everything ~ BUT ~ the GOOD BOOK promises GOD will judge everything correctly ~ AMEN ~ BROTHER BRIAN

            • orchidee

              Thanks Brian. Why you got your right hand on your right ear? Why not left hand and left ear? Nothing swoony behind it, is there?! lol.

              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                NO STEVE ~ AS I SING ~ the Hand on Ear allows the sound to resonate and be more FOLKSY ! Left handed people use Left hand on Left ear ~ AMBIDEXTROUS People use either HAND but never BOTH ! See my article in The Acoustics of Folk Singing ~ December 2017 pp 23 / 24 The History & Mystery of HANDONEAR Acoustics ~ Brian John Williams B Mus (Liverpool) ~ PhD ~ FRCM etc .................. ! Thanks for reading my comment ~ Yours Musically BRIAN

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              • marlenawood

                Beautiful writing

                • orchidee

                  Thanks Marlena.

                • Laura🌻

                  A fine write and video!
                  The pics of Jesus with the crown of thorns were painful to see; but, “...as the darkness clears away” ... and we see more and more of the light...the feeling was joyous...especially at the end with the children!


                  • orchidee

                    Thanks Laura. Yes, I think they've stylised it a bit. He may have looked even worse than that. But, as you say, at the end, it makes things more approachable, so that we're not all terrified at a 'raw' God, where not a whisper of anything human dare to be spoken.

                  • onepauly

                    there are many religions
                    but only one god.

                    • orchidee

                      Thanks pauly - true.

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