From the rising of the sun to where it sets, God, the LORD God, speaks, calling out to the earth.
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines brightly.
Our God is coming; he won't keep quiet. A devouring fire is before him; a storm rages all around him.
God calls out to the skies above and to the earth in order to judge his people:
"Bring my faithful to me, those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
The skies proclaim his righteousness because God himself is the judge. Selah7
"Listen, my people, I will now speak; Israel, I will now testify against you. I am God—your God!
I'm not punishing you for your sacrifices or for your entirely burned offerings, which are always before me.
I won't accept bulls from your house or goats from your corrals
because every forest animal already belongs to me, as do the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every mountain bird; even the insects in the fields are mine.
Even if I were hungry, I wouldn't tell you because the whole world and everything in it already belong to me.
Do I eat bulls' meat? Do I drink goats' blood?
Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! Fulfill the promisesyou made to the Most High!
Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble; I will deliver you, then you will honor me."
But to the wicked God says, "Why do you talk about my laws? Why do you even mention my covenant?
You hate discipline, and you toss my words behind your back.
You make friends with thieves whenever you see one; you spend your time with adulterers.
You set your mouth free to do evil, then harness your tongue to tell lies.
You sit around, talking about your own siblings; you find fault with the children of your very own mother.
You've done these things and I've kept quiet. You thought I was just like you! But now I'm punishing you; I'm laying it all out, right in front of your face.
So consider this carefully, all you who forget God, or I'll rip you to pieces with no one to deliver you:
The one who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving is the one who honors me. And it is to the one who charts the correct path that I will show divine salvation."
Fools say in their hearts, There's no God. They are corrupt and do horrible deeds; not one of them does anything good.
God looks down from heaven on humans to see if anyone is wise, to see if anyone seeks God.
But all have turned away. Everyone is corrupt. No one does good— not even one person!
Are they dumb—these evildoers— devouring my people like they are eating bread but never calling on God?
There, where there was nothing to fear, they will be in utter panic because God will scatter the bones of those who attacked you. You will put them to shame because God has rejected them.
Let Israel's salvation come out of Zion! When God changes his people's circumstances for the better, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will celebrate!
God, you have rejected us— shattered us. You've been so angry. Now restore us!
You've made the ground quake, splitting it open. Now repair its cracks because it's shaking apart!
You've made your people suffer hardship; you've given us wine and we stagger.
Give a flag to those who honor you, so they can rally around it, safe from attack. Selah5
Save us by your power and answer us so that the people you love might be rescued.
God has spoken in his sanctuary: "I will celebrate as I divide up Shechem and portion out the Succoth Valley.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet; Judah is my scepter.
But Moab is my washbowl; I'll throw my shoe at Edom. I shout in triumph over Philistia!
I wish someone would bring me to a fortified city! I wish someone would lead meto Edom!"
But you have rejected us, God, haven't you? God, you no longer accompany our armies.
Give us help against the enemy; human help is worthless.
With God we will triumph; he's the one who will trample our adversaries.
We give thanks to you, God. Yes, we give thanks! Your name is near. Your marvelous deeds are declared.
God says,"When I decide the time is right, I will establish justice just so.
The earth and all its inhabitants will melt, but I will keep its pillars steady." Selah4
I said to the arrogant, "Don't be arrogant!" To the wicked I said, "Don't exalt your strength!
Don't exalt your strength so highly. Don't speak so arrogantly against the rock."
Because what exalts someone doesn't come from the east or west; it's not from the south either.
Rather it is God who is the judge. He brings this person down, but that person he lifts up.
Indeed, there's a cup in the LORD's hand full of foaming wine, mixed with spice. He will pour it out, and all of the earth's wicked people must drink it; they must drink every last drop!
But I will rejoice always; I will sing praises to Jacob's God!
God says: "I will demolish every bit of the wicked's power, but the strength of the righteous will be lifted up."