A Psalm of Asaph.
3Our God comes, he does not keep silence,
before him is a devouring fire, round about him a mighty tempest.
4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth,
that he may judge his people:
5"Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
6The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah
7"Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
8I do not reprove you for your sacrifices;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9I will accept no bull from your house,
nor he-goat from your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11I know all the birds of the air,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12"If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
for the world and all that is in it is mine.
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?
14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and pay your vows to the Most High;
15and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
16But to the wicked God says:
"What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?
17For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
18If you see a thief, you are a friend of his;
and you keep company with adulterers.
19"You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and 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 have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
22"Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I rend, and there be none to deliver!
23He 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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