A Psalm of Asaph.1 The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. 2Out of Zion comes the excellence of His beauty. 3God, our God, shall come manifestly, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall be kindled before Him, and round about Him there shall be a very great tempest. 4He shall summon the heaven above, and the earth, that He may judge His people. 5Assemble His saints to Him, those that have engaged in a covenant with Him upon sacrifices. 6And the heavens shall declare His righteousness; for God is Judge. Pause. 7Hear, My people, and I will speak to you, O Israel; and I will testify to you; I am God, your God. 8I will not reprove you on account of your sacrifices; for your whole burnt offerings are before Me continually. 9I will take no bulls out of your house, nor male goats out of your flocks. 10For all the wild beasts of the thicket are Mine, the cattle on the mountains, and oxen. 11I know all the birds of the sky; and the beauty of the field is Mine. 12If I should be hungry, I will not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. 13Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14Offer to God the sacrifice of praise; and pay your vows to the Most High. 15And call upon Me in the day of affliction; and I shall deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. Pause. 16But to the sinner God has said, Why do you declare My ordinances, and take up My covenant in your mouth? 17Seeing you have hated instruction, and have cast My words behind you. 18If you saw a thief, you ran along with him, and have cast in your lot with adulterers. 19Your mouth has multiplied wickedness, and your tongue has framed deceit. 20You sat and spoke against your brother, and scandalized your mother's son. 21These things you did, and I kept silent; you thought wickedly that I should be like you, but I will reprove you, and set your offenses before you. 22Now consider these things, all you that forget God, lest He tear you, and there be none to deliver. 23The sacrifice of praise will glorify Me; and that is the way in which I will show to him the salvation of God.
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