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Psalms 50:8-13


50:8 I am not condemning 1  you because of your sacrifices,

or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 2 

50:9 I do not need to take 3  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. 4 

50:11 I keep track of 5  every bird in the hills,

and the insects 6  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? 7 

1 tn Or “rebuking.”

2 tn Heb “and your burnt sacrifices before me continually.”

3 tn Or “I will not take.”

4 tn Heb “[the] animals on a thousand hills.” The words “that graze” are supplied in the translation for clarification. The term בְּהֵמוֹה (bÿhemot, “animal”) refers here to cattle (see Ps 104:14).

5 tn Heb “I know.”

6 tn The precise referent of the Hebrew word, which occurs only here and in Ps 80:13, is uncertain. Aramaic, Arabic and Akkadian cognates refer to insects, such as locusts or crickets.

7 tn The rhetorical questions assume an emphatic negative response, “Of course not!”

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