Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

An Oracle Concerning Sacrifices

1 The 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},
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."