Psalms 50:1-23

Psalm 50

A psalm by Asaph.

50:1 El, God, the Lord speaks,

and summons the earth to come from the east and west.

50:2 From Zion, the most beautiful of all places,

God comes in splendor.

50:3 Our God approaches and is not silent;

consuming fire goes ahead of him

and all around him a storm rages.

50:4 He summons the heavens above,

as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people.

50:5 He says:

“Assemble my covenant people before me,

those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

50:6 The heavens declare his fairness,

for God is judge. (Selah)

50:7 He says:

“Listen my people! I am speaking!

Listen Israel! I am accusing you!

I am God, your God!

50:8 I am not condemning you because of your sacrifices,

or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me.

50:9 I do not need to take a bull from your household

or goats from your sheepfolds.

50:10 For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me,

as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills.

50:11 I keep track of every bird in the hills,

and the insects of the field are mine.

50:12 Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you,

for the world and all it contains belong to me.

50:13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?

Do I drink the blood of goats?

50:14 Present to God a thank-offering!

Repay your vows to the sovereign One!

50:15 Pray to me when you are in trouble!

I will deliver you, and you will honor me!”

50:16 God says this to the evildoer:

“How can you declare my commands,

and talk about my covenant?

50:17 For you hate instruction

and reject my words.

50:18 When you see a thief, you join him;

you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives.

50:19 You do damage with words,

and use your tongue to deceive.

50:20 You plot against your brother;

you slander your own brother.

50:21 When you did these things, I was silent,

so you thought I was exactly like you.

But now I will condemn you

and state my case against you!

50:22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God!

Otherwise I will rip you to shreds

and no one will be able to rescue you.

50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me.

To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.”