Bible: Ps 50:8-23

50:8 I am not condemning 1  you because of your sacrifices,

or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 2 

50:9 I do not need to take 3  a bull from your household

or goats from your sheepfolds.

50:10 For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me,

as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills. 4 

50:11 I keep track of 5  every bird in the hills,

and the insects 6  of the field are mine.

50:12 Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you,

for the world and all it contains belong to me.

50:13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?

Do I drink the blood of goats? 7 

50:14 Present to God a thank-offering!

Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 8 

50:15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! 9 

I will deliver you, and you will honor me! 10 

50:16 God says this to the evildoer: 11 

“How can you declare my commands,

and talk about my covenant? 12 

50:17 For you hate instruction

and reject my words. 13 

50:18 When you see a thief, you join him; 14 

you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. 15 

50:19 You do damage with words, 16 

and use your tongue to deceive. 17 

50:20 You plot against your brother; 18 

you slander your own brother. 19 

50:21 When you did these things, I was silent, 20 

so you thought I was exactly like you. 21 

But now I will condemn 22  you

and state my case against you! 23 

50:22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God! 24 

Otherwise I will rip you to shreds 25 

and no one will be able to rescue you.

50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 26 

To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 27 

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