1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,e
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.f
2 From Zion,g perfect in beauty,h
God shines forth.i
3 Our God comesj
and will not be silent;k
and around him a tempestn rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth,o that he may judge his people:p
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people,q
who made a covenantr with me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaims his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.a,b t
7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testifyu against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.v
8 I bring no chargesw against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings,x which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bully from your stall
10 for every animal of the forestb is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.c
11 I know every birdd in the mountains,
and the insects in the fieldse are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the worldf is mine, and all that is in it.g
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 “Sacrifice thank offeringsh to God,
fulfill your vowsi to the Most High,j
15 and callk on me in the day of trouble;l
I will deliverm you, and you will honorn me.”
16 But to the wicked person, God says:
“What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenanto on your lips?p
17 You hateq my instruction
and cast my words behindr you.
18 When you see a thief, you joins with him;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.t
19 You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.u
20 You sit and testify against your brotherv
and slander your own mother’s son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,w
you thought I was exactlyc like you.
But I now arraignx you
and set my accusationsy before you.
22 “Consider this, you who forget God,z
or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:a
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
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