note; this is a tentative suggestion. Jesus quotes verse 6 of the rulers – mighty ones – who did not apply righteous judgment, so B and B’ seem to go well together. C is telling them what they ought to do but C’ shows what they are like in reality.
A. 1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty;
he judgeth among the gods.
B. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly,
and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
C. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless:
do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy:
rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
C’. 5 They know not, neither will they understand;
they walk on in darkness:
all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
B’. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
A’. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth:
for thou shalt inherit all nations.