One of Asaph’s songs.
1The Lord God Most Powerful has spoken.
He calls to everyone on earth, from where the sun rises to where it sets.
2God appeared from Zion, the city of perfect beauty.#50:2 God … beauty Or “God shining from Zion is absolutely beautiful.”
3Our God is coming and will not keep quiet.
Fire burns in front of him.
There is a great storm around him.
4He tells the sky and the earth to be witnesses
as he judges his people.
5He says, “My followers, gather around me.
Come, my worshipers, who made an agreement with me.”
6God is the judge,
and the skies tell how fair he is. Selah
7God says, “My people, listen to me!
People of Israel, I will show my evidence against you.
I am God, your God.
8The problem I have with you is not your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you bring to me every day.
9Why would I want more bulls from your barns
or goats from your pens?
10I already own all the animals in the forest.
I own all the animals on a thousand hills.
11I know every bird in the mountains.
Everything that moves in the fields is mine.
12If I were hungry, I would not ask you for food.
I already own the world and everything in it.
13I don’t eat the meat of bulls or drink the blood of goats.”
14You made promises to God Most High, so give him what you promised.
Bring your sacrifices and thank offerings.
15God says, “Call me when trouble comes.
I will help you, and you will honor me.”
16But God says to the wicked,
“Stop quoting my laws!
Stop talking about my agreement!
17You hate for me to tell you what to do.
You ignore what I say.
18You see a thief and run to join him.
You jump into bed with those who commit adultery.
19You say evil things and tell lies.
20You sit around talking about people,
finding fault with your own brothers.
21When you did these things, I said nothing.
So you thought that I#50:21 that I Or “that the ‘I AM.’” was just like you.
But I will not be quiet any longer.
I will correct you and make clear what I have against you.
22You people who have forgotten God,
understand what I am telling you,
or I will tear you apart,
and no one will be able to save you!
23Whoever gives a thank offering shows me honor.
And whoever decides to live right will see my power to save.”