I am a god
Note that the previous song on Yeezus ended with the word “God!” repeatedly.
Anybody thinking this song is sacrilegious, look back at Malik’s tweet:
This line finds its roots in Psalm 82:6 — “I said, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;’” (ESV)
It’s worth noting that, in John 10:34, Jesus is recorded as referring to Psalm 82:6 — “Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” (ESV)
We aren’t necessarily “gods” in the same strict sense that the Judeo-Christian God is “God,” but we are his children (sons of the Most High), and we are given a certain authority on his behalf (we represent him), so — in the sense of the power we are given and our place as his children — we are gods.
The Nation of Gods and Earths, which preaches black empowerment, likely had an impact on the song, as well. The Nation believes that all black men are gods and women are earths. The Nation clearly relates to the black empowerment themes that riddle Yeezus as well as this track, “I Am a God”.
Coincidentally (but also, this being Kanye West — ever the perfectionist, quite possibly), Psalm 82:6 is written as “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Kanye is frequently referred to with the moniker, Ye.
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