God, the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.

A Psalm of 1 Chr 15:17; 2 Chr 29:30Asaph.

1The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken
And summoned the earth, from I.e., the east to the westthe rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone.
3May our God come and not keep silent;
Fire devours before Him,
And a storm is violently raging around Him.
4He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
5“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge. Selah
7“Hear, My people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify Or toagainst you;
I am God, your God.
8I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices,
And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor male goats from your folds.
10For every animal of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
11I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Or in My mind; lit with MeMine.
12If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and Lit its fullnesseverything it contains.
13Shall I eat the flesh of Lit strong onesbulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
14Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;
15Call upon Me on the day of trouble;
I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
16But to the wicked God says,
“What right do you have to tell of My statutes
And to take My covenant in your mouth?
17For you yourself hate discipline,
And you throw My words behind you.
18When you see a thief, you become friends with him,
And Lit your part is withyou associate with adulterers.
19You Lit sendlet your mouth loose in evil,
And your tongue harnesses 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 just like you;
I will rebuke you and present the case before your eyes.
22“Now consider this, you who forget God,
Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be no one to save you.
23He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who sets his way properly
I will show the salvation of God.”