Psalm 50

God Himself Is Judge

1 The a Mighty One, God the LORD,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
b God will shine forth.

3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;
c A fire shall devour before Him,
And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
4 d He shall call to the heavens from above,
And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 "Gather e My saints together to Me,
f Those who have 1 made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
6 Let the g heavens declare His righteousness,
For h God Himself is Judge. Selah

7 "Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
i I am God, your God!
8 j I will not 2 rebuke you k for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
9 l I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
m For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 n Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 o Offer to God thanksgiving,
And p pay your vows to the Most High.
15 q Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."

16 But to the wicked God says:
"What right have you to declare My statutes,
Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 r Seeing you hate instruction
And cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you s consented 3 with him,
And have been a t partaker with adulterers.

19 You give your mouth to evil,
And u your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I kept silent;
v You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And w set them in order before your eyes.

22 "Now consider this, you who x forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces,
And there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And y to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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