God Himself Is Judge
A Psalm of a Asaph.1 b The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
c from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion d the perfection of beauty,
e God shines forth.
3 Our God comes; he f does not keep silence; ▼
▼ Or May our God come, and not keep silence
before him is a devouring h fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4 i He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made j a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6 k The heavens declare his righteousness,
for l God himself is judge! Selah
7 m “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
n I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices o do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 p I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
q for the world and its fullness are mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 r Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving ▼
▼ Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God
and t perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and u call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will v deliver you, and you shall w glorify me.”
16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 x For you hate discipline,
y and you cast my words behind you.
18 If you see a thief z you are pleased with him,
aa and you keep company with adulterers.
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
ab and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I ac have been silent;
you thought that I ▼
▼ Or that the I amwas one like yourself.
But now I ae rebuke you and af lay the charge before you.
22 “Mark this, then, you who ag forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be ah none to deliver!
23 The one who ai offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who aj orders his way rightly
I will show the ak salvation of God!”
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