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Psalm 50 (Lexham English Bible)

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A psalm of Asaph.

An Oracle Concerning Sacrifices

1 aThe Supreme God, God, Yahweh, has spoken and summoned [the] earth, from [the] rising of [the] sun to its setting. 2 From Zion, [the] perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes and he is not silent. Before him fire devours, and around him it is very tempestuous. 4 He summons the heavens above and the earth that he might judge his people: 5 "Gather to me my loyal ones, [those] who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice." 6 And [the] heavens declare his righteousness, because God himself is judge. Selah 7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 It is not concerning [a lack of] your sacrifices [that] I rebuke you, and your burnt offerings [are] before me continually. 9 I will not take from your house a bull [or] from your stalls a he-goat, 10 because every animal of the forest is mine, [the] cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird of [the] mountains, and [every] moving creature in [the] field [is] mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, because [the] world and its fullness [are] mine. 13 Do I eat [the] flesh of bulls or drink [the] blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a thank offering and pay your vows to [the] Most High. 15 And call me in [the] day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify me." 16 But to the wicked God says, "What [right] have you to recite my statutes and {mention my covenant with your mouth},b 17 while you yourself hate discipline, and cast my words behind you? 18 When you see a thief, then you are pleased with him, and your association [is] with adulterers. 19 You give your mouth free rein for evil, and you harness your tongue to deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your mother's son. 21 These [things] you have done, and I have been silent; You imagined that I was just like you. I will rebuke you and present [an argument] before your eyes. 22 Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear [you] apart, and there [will be] none to deliver. 23 He who sacrifices a thank offering honors me, and he [who] orders [his] way; I will show him the salvation of God."
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