A psalm of Asaf: The Mighty One, God, ADONAI, is speaking, summoning the world from east to west.
Out of Tziyon, the perfection of beauty, God is shining forth.
Our God is coming and not staying silent. With a fire devouring ahead of him and a great storm raging around him,
he calls to the heavens above and to earth, in order to judge his people.
"Gather to me my faithful, those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
The heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. (Selah)
"Listen, my people, I am speaking: Isra'el, I am testifying against you, I, God, your God.
I am not rebuking you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are always before me.
I have no need for a bull from your farm or for male goats from your pens;
for all forest creatures are mine already, as are the animals on a thousand hills;
I know all the birds in the mountains; whatever moves in the fields is mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is mine, and everything in it.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
Offer thanksgiving as your sacrifice to God, pay your vows to the Most High,
and call on me when you are in trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
But to the wicked God says: "What right do you have to proclaim my laws or take my covenant on your lips,
when you so hate to receive instruction and fling my words behind you?
When you see a thief, you join up with him, you throw in your lot with adulterers,
you give your mouth free rein for evil and harness your tongue to deceit;
you sit and speak against your kinsman, you slander your own mother's son.
When you do such things, should I stay silent? You may have thought I was just like you; but I will rebuke and indict you to your face.
Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to save you.
"Whoever offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me; and to him who goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."