Jesus was blamed by the Jews because he made Himself God. So Jesus defended Himself by saying that is written in Ps 82 that 'you are gods'.

John 10:34 DRB Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Psalms 82:6 DRB I have said: You are gods and all of you the sons of the most High.

It is interpreted that to whom Gods word is said may be called God. But how can you make clear that we are not God while God is speaking to us in Jesus?

  • You have made an error in that you capitalized the word gods in your question. Neither John nor Psalms has the word capitalized, which distinguishes the one true God, from lesser (man made)gods such as Degan for purposes of understanding the Biblical difference.
    – BYE
    Jan 31 '16 at 13:23
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    Do you know what the difference in writing is in Hebrew? Also only the capital?
    – Marijn
    Jan 31 '16 at 13:43
  • Neither Hebrew nor Greek (at that time) had an upper/lower case distinction. All capital letters like this in the Bible are interpretations, and are often left out in modern versions.
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 31 '16 at 13:46
  • And is in Hebrew a distiction between god and gods?
    – Marijn
    Jan 31 '16 at 13:49
  • The Hebrew word used in Psalm 82 is Elohiym which can mean anything from God, god, angel, divine ruler or judge, or simply one who is godlike. So the interpretation problem here is not the word used. It's why was this verse Jesus' response?
    – Joshua
    Jan 31 '16 at 14:31

The Catholic Haydock Commentary, which collects the Fathers' and other Catholic scriptural scholars' commentaries, says for John 10:34:

Ver. 34. This is addressed to princes established to govern the people of God. They are the image of God on earth by the authority they exercise, and which they have received from Him. --- Is it not written in your law, (under which were also comprehended the Psalms) I have said: you are Gods? &c. Christ here stops the mouths of the Jews, by an argument which they could not answer, that sometimes they were called Gods, who acted by God's authority. I have said: you are Gods. (Psalm lxxxi. 6.) But then he immediately declares, that it is not in this sense only that he is God. 1st, Because he has been sanctified by the Father, which St. Augustine and others understand of that infinite sanctification, which he has necessarily by always proceeding from the Father. Others expound it of a greater sanctity and fulness of grace above all other saints, given to him, even as he was man. But 2ndly, he adds at the same time, and confirms what he had often told them, that he was the Son of God, sent into the world: that his works shew that he was in the Father, and the Father in him. by this they saw that he was far from recalling or contradicting what he had said before. And therefore (ver. 30.[39.?]) they sought to apprehend him, and put him to death for blasphemy. (Witham) --- Eloim, which name of God was so called from judging, and may be interpreted judges. (Menochius)

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