God the Righteous JudgeA Psalm of Asaph.
1The ⚓Mighty One, God the Lord,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
⚓God will shine forth.
3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;
⚓A fire shall devour before Him,
And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
4⚓He shall call to the heavens from above,
And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5“Gather ⚓My saints together to Me,
⚓Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6Let the ⚓heavens declare His righteousness,
For ⚓God Himself is Judge.
7“Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
⚓I am God, your God!
8⚓I will not rebuke you ⚓for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
9⚓I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11I 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;
⚓For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13⚓Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14⚓Offer to God thanksgiving,
And ⚓pay your vows to the Most High.
15⚓Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
16But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to declare My statutes,
Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17⚓Seeing you hate instruction
And cast My words behind you?
18When you saw a thief, you ⚓consented with him,
And have been a ⚓partaker with adulterers.
19You give your mouth to evil,
And ⚓your tongue frames deceit.
20You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
21These things you have done, and I kept silent;
⚓You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And ⚓set them in order before your eyes.
22“Now consider this, you who ⚓forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces,
And there be none to deliver:
23Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And ⚓to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.”