|[A Psalm of Asaph.]|
|The Mighty One, God the LORD, |
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
|Worship in Spirit & in Truth. Psalm 50(v49)|
|Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, |
God shines forth.
|Our God comes, he does not keep silence, |
before him is a devouring fire, round about him a mighty tempest.
|He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, |
that he may judge his people:
|"Gather to me my faithful ones, |
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
|The heavens declare his righteousness, |
for God himself is judge! [Selah]
|"Hear, O my people, and I will speak, |
O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
|I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; |
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
|I will accept no bull from your house, |
nor he-goat from your folds.
|For every beast of the forest is mine, |
the cattle on a thousand hills.
|I know all the birds of the air, |
and all that moves in the field is mine.
|"If I were hungry, I would not tell you; |
for the world and all that is in it is mine.
|Do I eat the flesh of bulls, |
or drink the blood of goats?
|Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, |
and pay your vows to the Most High;
|and call upon me in the day of trouble; |
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
|But to the wicked God says: |
"What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?
|For you hate discipline, |
and you cast my words behind you.
|If you see a thief, you are a friend of his; |
and you keep company with adulterers.
|"You give your mouth free rein for evil, |
and your tongue frames deceit.
|You sit and speak against your brother; |
you slander your own mother's son.
|These things you have done and I have been silent; |
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
|"Mark this, then, you who forget God, |
lest I rend, and there be none to deliver!
|He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me; |
to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God!"
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