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Psalm 50

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The majesty of God in the church.

A Psalm by Asaph.

50:1 The Mighty One, God, Yahweh, speaks,
and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.

50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.

50:3 Our God comes, and does not keep silent.
A fire devours before him.
It is very stormy around him.

50:4 He calls to the heavens above,
to the earth, that he may judge his people:

His order to gather his saints.

50:5 “Gather my saints together to me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

50:6 The heavens shall declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.


The pleasure of God is not in ceremonies,

50:7 “Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, and I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.

50:8 I don’t rebuke you for your sacrifices.
Your burnt offerings are continually before me.

50:9 I have no need for a bull from your stall,
nor male goats from your pens.

50:10 For every animal of the forest is mine,
and the livestock on a thousand hills.

50:11 I know all the birds of the mountains.
The wild animals of the field are mine.

50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

50:13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?

but in sincerity of obedience.

50:14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
Pay your vows to the Most High.

50:15 Call on me in the day of trouble.
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

50:16 But to the wicked God says,

“What right do you have to declare my statutes,
that you have taken my covenant on your lips,

50:17 seeing you hate instruction,
and throw my words behind you?

50:18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
and have participated with adulterers.

50:19 “You give your mouth to evil.
Your tongue frames deceit.

50:20 You sit and speak against your brother.
You slander your own mother’s son.

50:21 You have done these things, and I kept silent.
You thought that I was just like you.
I will rebuke you, and accuse you in front of your eyes.

50:22 “Now consider this, you who forget God,
lest I tear you into pieces, and there be none to deliver.

50:23 Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
and prepares his way so that I will show God’s salvation to him.”

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