Psalm 50

1 The Lord our God, the Mighty One, has spoken:
    and summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun to its setting in the west.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty:
    God has shone out in glory.
3 Our God is coming, he will not keep silent:
    before him is devouring fire, and tempest whirls about him.
4 He calls to the heavens above:
    and to the earth, so he may judge his people.
5 'Gather to me my faithful ones:
    those who by sacrifice made a covenant with me.'
6 The heavens shall proclaim his righteousness:
    for God himself is judge.
7 'Listen my people, and I will speak:
    O Israel, I am God your God, and I will give my testimony.
8 'It is not for your sacrifices that I reprove you:
    for your burnt-offerings are always before me.
9 'I will take no bull from your farms:
    or he-goat from your pens.
10 'For all the beasts of the forest belong to me:
    and so do the cattle upon the mountains.
11 'I know all the birds of the air:
    and the grasshoppers of the field are in my sight.
12 'If I were hungry, I would not tell you:
    for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 'Do I eat the flesh of bulls:
    or drink the blood of goats?
14 'Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving:
    and pay your vows to the Most High.
15 'Call upon me in the day of trouble:
    I will bring you out, and you shall glorify me.'
16 But God says to the wicked:
    'What have you to do with reciting my laws, or taking my covenant on your lips,
17 'Seeing you loathe discipline:
    and have tossed my words behind you?
18 'When you saw a thief, you went along with him:
    and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
19 'You have loosed your mouth in evil:
    and your tongue strings lies together.
20 'You sit and speak against your own kin:
    and slander your mother's children.
21 'These things you have done, and I held my tongue:
    and you thought I was just such another as yourself.
22 'But I will convict you:
    and set before your eyes what you have done.
23 'O consider this, you who forget God:
    lest I tear you in pieces, and there be no one to save you.
24 'He honours me who brings sacrifice of thanksgiving:
    and to him who keeps to my way I will show the salvation of God.'