Psalm 50:1-23 NET

Psalm 50:1-23 NET [1] El, God, the LORD has spoken, and summoned the earth to come from the east and west. [2] From Zion, the most beautiful of all places, God has come in splendor. [3] "May our God come and not be silent." Consuming fire goes ahead of him, and all around him a storm rages. [4] He summons the heavens above, as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people. [5] He says: "Assemble my covenant people before me, those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice." [6] The heavens declare his fairness, for God is judge. (Selah) [7] He says: "Listen, my people. I am speaking! Listen, Israel. I am accusing you. I am God, your God! [8] I am not condemning you because of your sacrifices, or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. [9] I do not need to take a bull from your household or goats from your sheepfolds. [10] For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me, as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills. [11] I keep track of every bird in the hills, and the insects of the field are mine. [12] Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all it contains belong to me. [13] Do I eat the flesh of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats? [14] Present to God a thank offering. Repay your vows to the Most High. [15] Pray to me when you are in trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me." [16] God says this to the evildoer: "How can you declare my commands, and talk about my covenant? [17] For you hate instruction and reject my words. [18] When you see a thief, you join him; you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. [19] You do damage with words, and use your tongue to deceive. [20] You plot against your brother; you slander your own brother. [21] When you did these things, I was silent, so you thought I was exactly like you. But now I will condemn you and state my case against you. [22] Carefully consider this, you who reject God. Otherwise I will rip you to shreds and no one will be able to rescue you. [23] Whoever presents a thank offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver."

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