Bible: Psalms 50

Psalm 50 1 

50:1 A psalm by Asaph.

El, God, the Lord 2  speaks,

and summons the earth to come from the east and west. 3 

50:2 From Zion, the most beautiful of all places, 4 

God comes in splendor. 5 

50:3 Our God approaches and is not silent; 6 

consuming fire goes ahead of him

and all around him a storm rages. 7 

50:4 He summons the heavens above,

as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people. 8 

50:5 He says: 9 

“Assemble my covenant people before me, 10 

those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice! 11 

50:6 The heavens declare his fairness, 12 

for God is judge. 13  (Selah)

50:7 He says: 14 

“Listen my people! I am speaking!

Listen Israel! I am accusing you! 15 

I am God, your God!

50:8 I am not condemning 16  you because of your sacrifices,

or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 17 

50:9 I do not need to take 18  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. 19 

50:11 I keep track of 20  every bird in the hills,

and the insects 21  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? 22 

50:14 Present to God a thank-offering!

Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 23 

50:15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! 24 

I will deliver you, and you will honor me! 25 

50:16 God says this to the evildoer: 26 

“How can you declare my commands,

and talk about my covenant? 27 

50:17 For you hate instruction

and reject my words. 28 

50:18 When you see a thief, you join him; 29 

you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. 30 

50:19 You do damage with words, 31 

and use your tongue to deceive. 32 

50:20 You plot against your brother; 33 

you slander your own brother. 34 

50:21 When you did these things, I was silent, 35 

so you thought I was exactly like you. 36 

But now I will condemn 37  you

and state my case against you! 38 

50:22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God! 39 

Otherwise I will rip you to shreds 40 

and no one will be able to rescue you.

50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 41 

To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 42 

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