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Psalm 50 (Today's New International Version)

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A psalm of Asaph."

1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD,1 speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.2 2 From Zion,3 perfect in beauty,4 God shines forth.5 3 Our God comes6 and will not be silent;7 a fire devours8 before him,9 and around him a tempest10 rages. 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth,11 that he may judge his people:12 5 "Gather to me this consecrated people,13 who made a covenant14 with me by sacrifice." 6 And the heavens proclaim15 his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.a b16 7 "Listen, my people, and I will speak; I will testify17 against you, Israel: I am God, your God.18 8 I bring no charges19 against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings,20 which are ever before me. 9 I have no need of a bull21 from your stall or of goats22 from your pens,23 10 for every animal of the forest24 is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.25 11 I know every bird26 in the mountains, and the creatures of the field27 are mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world28 is mine, and all that is in it.29 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 "Sacrifice thank offerings30 to God, fulfill your vows31 to the Most High,32 15 and call33 on me in the day of trouble;34 I will deliver35 you, and you will honor36 me." 16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant37 on your lips?38 17 You hate39 my instruction and cast my words behind40 you. 18 When you see thieves, you join41 with them; you throw in your lot with adulterers.42 19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.43 20 You sit and testify against your brother44 and slander your own mother's son. 21 When you did these things and I kept silent,45 you thought I was exactlyc like you. But I now arraign46 you and set my accusations47 before you. 22 "Consider this, you who forget God,48 or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue:49 23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blamelessd I will show my salvation.50"
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