A Psalm of Asaph.

[1] THE Mighty One, God, Jehovah, hath spoken,

And called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

[2] Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God hath shined forth.

[3] Our God cometh, and doth not keep silence:

A fire devoureth before him,

And it is very tempestuous round about him.

[4] He calleth to the heavens above,

And the earth, that he may judge his people:

[5] Gather my saints together unto me,

Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

[6] And the heavens shall〖Or, declare.〗 declare his righteousness;

For God is judge himself. [Selah

[7] Hear, O my people, and I will speak;

O Israel, and I will testify unto〖Or, against.〗 thee:

I am God, even thy God.

[8] I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices;

And〖Or, Nor for thy burnt-offerings, which are &c.〗 thy burnt-offerings are continually before me.

[9] I will take no bullock out of thy house,

Nor he-goats out of thy folds.

[10] For every beast of the forest is mine,

And the cattle upon〖Or, upon the mountains where thousands are.〗 a thousand hills.

[11] I know all the birds of the mountains;

And the wild beasts of the field are mine.〖Or, in my mind.Heb. with me.〗

[12] If I were hungry, I would not tell thee;

For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

[13] Will I eat the flesh of bulls,

Or drink the blood of goats?

[14] Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving;

And pay thy vows unto the Most High;

[15] And call upon me in the day of trouble:

I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

[16] But unto the wicked God saith,

What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,

And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,

[17] Seeing that thou hatest instruction,〖Or, correction.〗

And castest my words behind thee?

[18] When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him,

And hast〖Heb. thy portion was with adulterers.〗 been partaker with adulterers.

[19] Thou givest thy mouth to evil,

And thy tongue frameth deceit.

[20] Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;

Thou slanderest〖Or, givest a thrust against.〗 thine own mother’s son.

[21] These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;

Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself:

But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

[22] Now consider this, ye that forget God,

Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver:

[23] Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me;

And to〖Or, prepareth a way that I may show him.〗 him that ordereth his way aright

Will I show the salvation of God.

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