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Psalm 50 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The God of gods - it's God! - speaks out, shouts, "Earth!" welcomes the sun in the east, farewells the disappearing sun in the west. 1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.
2 From the dazzle of Zion, God blazes into view. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
3 Our God makes his entrance, he's not shy in his coming. Starbursts of fireworks precede him. 3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons heaven and earth as a jury, he's taking his people to court: 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 "Round up my saints who swore on the Bible their loyalty to me." 5 "Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
6 The whole cosmos attests to the fairness of this court, that here God is judge. 6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. "Selah"
7 "Are you listening, dear people? I'm getting ready to speak; Israel, I'm about ready to bring you to trial. This is God, your God, speaking to you. 7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God.
8 I don't find fault with your acts of worship, the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer. 8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
9 But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull, or more and more goats from your herds? 9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,
10 Every creature in the forest is mine, the wild animals on all the mountains. 10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every mountain bird by name; the scampering field mice are my friends. 11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.
12 If I get hungry, do you think I'd tell you? All creation and its bounty are mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Do you think I feast on venison? or drink draughts of goats' blood? 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
14 Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, 14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 And call for help when you're in trouble - I'll help you, and you'll honor me." 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
16 Next, God calls up the wicked: "What are you up to, quoting my laws, talking like we are good friends? 16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?
17 You never answer the door when I call; you treat my words like garbage. 17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.
18 If you find a thief, you make him your buddy; adulterers are your friends of choice. 18 When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers.
19 Your mouth drools filth; lying is a serious art form with you. 19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.
20 You stab your own brother in the back, rip off your little sister. 20 You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son.
21 I kept a quiet patience while you did these things; you thought I went along with your game. I'm calling you on the carpet, now, laying your wickedness out in plain sight. 21 These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.
22 "Time's up for playing fast and loose with me. I'm ready to pass sentence, and there's no help in sight! 22 "Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:
23 It's the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the Way, I'll show you my salvation." 23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God."