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- Ps 50
God Himself Is Judge
A Psalm of Asaph.
501oThe Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
pfrom the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, qthe perfection of beauty,
rGod shines forth.
3Our God comes; he sdoes not keep silence;1
before him is a devouring tfire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4uHe calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made va covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6wThe heavens declare his righteousness,
for xGod himself is judge! Selah
7y“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
zI am God, your God.
8Not for your sacrifices ado I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11bI know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
cfor the world and its fullness are mine.
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14dOffer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,2
and eperform your vows to the Most High,
15and fcall upon me in the day of trouble;
I will gdeliver you, and you shall hglorify me.”
16But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17iFor you hate discipline,
jand you cast my words behind you.
18If you see a thief, kyou are pleased with him,
land you keep company with adulterers.
19“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
mand your tongue frames deceit.
20You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother's son.
21These things you have done, and I nhave been silent;
you thought that I3 was one like yourself.
But now I orebuke you and play the charge before you.
22“Mark this, then, you who qforget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be rnone to deliver!
23The one who soffers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who torders his way rightly
I will show the usalvation of God!”