Psalm 50

English Standard Version

A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. (Jos 22:22; 1Ch 6:39; 1Ch 15:17; 1Ch 16:5; 1Ch 16:7; 1Ch 25:2; 2Ch 29:30; Ps 113:3) Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. (De 33:2; Ps 48:2; Ps 80:1; Ps 94:1; La 2:15) Our God comes; he does not keep silence;[1] before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. (Ex 19:16; Le 10:2; Nu 16:35; Ps 21:9; Ps 97:3; Da 7:10) He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: (De 4:26; De 31:28; De 32:1; Isa 1:2; Mic 6:1) “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” (Ge 15:9; Ex 24:7) The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! (Ps 58:11; Ps 75:7; Ps 89:5; Ps 97:6; Re 16:5; Re 16:7; Re 19:2) “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. (Ex 20:2; Ps 49:1; Ps 81:8) Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. (Ps 40:6) I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. (Mt 10:29) 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. (Ps 24:1) 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[2] and perform your vows to the Most High, (Nu 30:2; De 23:21; Job 22:27; Ps 22:25; Ps 27:6; Ps 50:23; Ps 61:8; Ps 65:1; Ps 69:30; Ps 76:11; Ps 107:22; Ps 116:14; Ps 116:18; Ec 5:4; Ho 14:2; Ro 12:1; Heb 13:15) 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Ps 22:23; Ps 50:23; Ps 81:7; Ps 91:15; Ps 107:6; Zec 13:9) 16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. (1Ki 14:9; Ne 9:26; Ro 2:21) 18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. (Ro 1:32; 1Ti 5:22) 19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. (Ps 52:2) 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I[3] was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. (2Ki 19:4; Job 13:18; Job 23:4; Ps 90:8; Ec 8:11; Isa 57:11) 22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! (Ps 7:2; Ps 9:17) 23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Ps 50:14; Ps 91:16; Ga 6:16)