Psalms 50

God as Judge

1A psalm of
Asaph: A musician appointed by David to oversee the music used in worship at the Temple; 12 psalms are attributed to Asaph.
Asaph. b

Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh, the God of gods
Or The Mighty One, God, the Lord, or The God of gods, the Lord
He summons the earth from east to west.
Lit from the rising of the sun to its setting
2 From
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God appears in radiance.
Or God shines forth
3 Our God is coming; He will not be silent!
Devouring fire precedes Him,
and a storm rages around Him. j
4 On high, He summons heaven and earth
in order to judge His people. k
5 “Gather My faithful ones to Me,
those who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” l
6 The heavens proclaim His righteousness, m
for God is the Judge. n ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


7 “Listen, My people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel.
I am God, your God. p
8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
or for your
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offerings,
which are continually before Me. r
9 I will not accept a bull from your household
or male goats from your pens, s
10 for every animal of the forest is Mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird of the mountains,
LXX, Syr, Tg read heavens

and the creatures of the field are Mine. u
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and everything in it is Mine. v
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats? w
14 Sacrifice a thank offering to God, x
and pay your vows to the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High. z
15 Call on Me in a day of trouble;
I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.” aa

16 But God says to the wicked:
“What right do you have to recite My statutes
and to take My covenant on your lips? ab
17 You hate instruction
and turn your back on My words.
Or and cast My words behind you
18 When you see a thief,
you make friends with him,
and you associate with adulterers. ae
19 You unleash your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue for deceit. af
20 You sit, maligning your brother,
slandering your mother’s son. ag
21 You have done these things, and I kept silent;
you thought I was just like you. ah
But I will rebuke you
and lay out the case before you.
Lit out before your eyes

22 “Understand this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you apart,
and there will be no one to rescue you. ak
23 Whoever sacrifices a thank offering honors Me,
and whoever orders his conduct,
I will show him the salvation of God.” al
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