Psalm 50; Psalm 53; Psalm 60; Psalm 75

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks. He calls out to the earth from the sunrise in the east to the sunset in the west. 2 From Zion, perfect and beautiful, God's glory shines out. 3 Our God comes, and he won't be silent. A burning fire goes ahead of him. A terrible storm is all around him. 4 He calls out to heaven and earth to be his witnesses. Then he judges his people. 5 He says, "Gather my holy people around me. They made a covenant with me by offering a sacrifice." 6 The heavens announce that what God decides is right. He himself is the Judge. "Selah" 7 God says, "Listen, my people, and I will speak. Listen, Israel, and I will give witness against you. I am God, your God. 8 I don't find fault with you because of your sacrifices. I don't find fault with the burnt offerings you always bring me. 9 I don't need a bull from your barn. I don't need goats from your pens. 10 Every animal in the forest already belongs to me. And so do the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I own every bird in the mountains. The creatures of the field belong to me. 12 If I were hungry, I wouldn't tell you. The world belongs to me. And so does everything in it. 13 Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats? 14 Bring me thank offerings, because I am your God. Carry out the promises you made to me, because I am the Most High God. 15 Call out to me when trouble comes. I will save you. And you will honor me." 16 But here is what God says to sinful people. "What right do you have to speak the words of my laws? How dare you speak the words of my covenant! 17 You hate my teaching. You turn your back on what I say. 18 When you see a thief, you join him. You make friends with those who commit adultery. 19 You use your mouth to speak evil. You use your tongue to spread lies. 20 You always speak against your brother. You always tell lies about your own mother's son. 21 You have done those things, and I kept silent. So you thought I was just like you. But now I'm going to correct you. I will bring charges against you. 22 "You who forget God, think about this. If you don't, I will tear you to pieces. No one will be able to save you. 23 Anyone who sacrifices thank offerings to me honors me. He makes it possible for me to show him that I am the God who saves."
1 Foolish people say in their hearts, "There is no God." They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all people. He wants to see if there are any who understand. He wants to see if there are any who trust in God. 3 All of them have turned away. They have all become evil. No one does anything good, no one at all. 4 Won't those who do evil ever learn? They eat up my people as if they were eating bread. They don't call out to God for help. 5 Just look at them! They are filled with terror even when there is nothing to be afraid of! People of Israel, God will scatter the bones of those who attack you. You will put them to shame, because God hates them. 6 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! God will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!
1 God, you have turned away from us. You have attacked us. You have been angry. Now turn back to us! 2 You have shaken the land and torn it open. Fix its cracks, because it is falling apart. 3 You have shown your people hard times. You have made us drink the wine of your anger. Now we can't even walk straight. 4 But you lead into battle those who have respect for you. You give them a flag to wave against the enemy's weapons. "Selah" 5 Save us. Help us with your powerful right hand, so that those you love may be saved. 6 God has spoken from his temple. He has said, "I will win the battle. Then I will divide up the land around Shechem. I will divide up the Valley of Succoth. 7 Gilead belongs to me. So does the land of Manasseh. Ephraim is the strongest tribe. It is like a helmet for my head. Judah is the royal tribe. It is like a ruler's staff. 8 Moab serves me like one who washes my feet. I toss my sandal on Edom to show that I own it. I shout to Philistia that I have won the battle." 9 Who will bring me to the city that has high walls around it? Who will lead me to the land of Edom? 10 God, isn't it you, even though you have now turned away from us? Isn't it you, even though you don't lead our armies into battle anymore? 11 Help us against our enemies. The help people give doesn't amount to anything. 12 With your help we will win the battle. You will walk all over our enemies.
1 God, we give thanks to you. We give thanks because your Name is near. People talk about the wonderful things you have done. 2 You say, "I choose the appointed time to judge people. And I judge them fairly. 3 When the earth and all of its people tremble, I keep everything from falling to pieces. "Selah" 4 To the proud I say, 'Don't brag anymore.' To sinners I say, 'Don't show off your power. 5 Don't show it off against me. Don't speak with your noses in the air.' " 6 No one from east or west or north or south can act as judge. 7 God is the One who judges. He says to one person, "You are guilty." To another he says, "You are not guilty." 8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup. It is full of wine mixed with spices. It is the wine of his anger. He pours it out. All of the evil people on earth drink it down to the very last drop. 9 I will speak about this forever. I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. 10 God will destroy the power of all sinful people. But he will make godly people more powerful.
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