God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.1 b The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth c from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion d the perfection of beauty,
God e has shone forth.
3 May our God f come and not keep silence;
g Fire devours before Him,
And it is very h tempestuous around Him.
4 He i summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
5 “Gather My j godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a k covenant with Me by l sacrifice.”
6 And the m heavens declare His righteousness,
For n God Himself is judge. ▼
▼ Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interludeSelah.
7 p “Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify ▼
▼ Or toagainst you;
I am God r your God.
8 “I do s not reprove you for your sacrifices,
And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9 “I shall take no t young bull out of your house
Nor male goats out of your folds.
10 “For u every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
11 “I know every v bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is ▼
▼ Or in My mind; lit with MeMine.
12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the x world is Mine, and ▼
▼ Lit its fullnessall it contains.
13 “Shall I eat the flesh of ▼
▼ Lit strong ones, aa bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
14 “Offer to God ab a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And ac pay your vows to the Most High;
15 ad Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall ae rescue you, and you will af honor Me.”
16 But to the wicked God says,
“What right have you to tell of My statutes
And to take ag My covenant in your mouth?
17 “For you ah hate discipline,
And you ai cast My words behind you.
18 “When you see a thief, you ▼
▼ Some ancient versions read run together, ak are pleased with him,
▼ Lit your part is withyou am associate with adulterers.
19 “You ▼
▼ Lit send, ao let your mouth loose in evil
And your ap tongue frames deceit.
20 “You sit and aq speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
21 “These things you have done and ar I kept silence;
You thought that I was just like you;
I will as reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
22 “Now consider this, you who at forget God,
Or I will au tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver.
23 “He who av offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who ▼
▼ Lit sets, ax orders his way aright
I shall ay show the salvation of God.”
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