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Psalm 50 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 50

God as Judge

A psalm of Asaph.

Yahweh, the God of gods[a] speaks;
He summons the earth from east to west.[b]
From Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God appears in radiance.[c]
Our God is coming; He will not be silent!
Devouring fire precedes Him,
and a storm rages around Him.
On high, He summons heaven and earth
in order to judge His people.
“Gather My faithful ones to Me,
those who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
The heavens proclaim His righteousness,
for God is the Judge.Selah

“Listen, My people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel.
I am God, your God.
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
or for your burnt offerings,
which are continually before Me.
I will not accept a bull from your household
or male goats from your pens,
10 for every animal of the forest is Mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird of the mountains,[d]
and the creatures of the field are Mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and everything in it is Mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Sacrifice a thank offering to God,
and pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call on Me in a day of trouble;
I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

16 But God says to the wicked:
“What right do you have to recite My statutes
and to take My covenant on your lips?
17 You hate instruction
and turn your back on My words.[e]
18 When you see a thief,
you make friends with him,
and you associate with adulterers.
19 You unleash your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue for deceit.
20 You sit, maligning your brother,
slandering your mother’s son.
21 You have done these things, and I kept silent;
you thought I was just like you.
But I will rebuke you
and lay out the case before you.[f]

22 “Understand this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you apart,
and there will be no one to rescue you.
23 Whoever sacrifices a thank offering honors Me,
and whoever orders his conduct,
I will show him the salvation of God.”


  1. Psalm 50:1 Or The Mighty One, God, the Lord, or The God of gods, the Lord
  2. Psalm 50:1 Lit from the rising of the sun to its setting
  3. Psalm 50:2 Or God shines forth
  4. Psalm 50:11 LXX, Syr, Tg read heavens
  5. Psalm 50:17 Or and cast My words behind you
  6. Psalm 50:21 Lit out before your eyes

Psalm 73-74 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

(Psalms 73–89)

Psalm 73

God’s Ways Vindicated

A psalm of Asaph.

God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my steps nearly went astray.
For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have an easy time until they die,[a]
and their bodies are well fed.[b]
They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people.
Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild.
They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth.
10 Therefore His people turn to them[c]
and drink in their overflowing words.[d]
11 The wicked say, “How can God know?
Does the Most High know everything?”
12 Look at them—the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth.

13 Did I purify my heart
and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?
14 For I am afflicted all day long
and punished every morning.
15 If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people.[e]
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless[f]
17 until I entered God’s sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny.
18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation!
They come to an end, swept away by terrors.
20 Like one waking from a dream,
Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

21 When I became embittered
and my innermost being[g] was wounded,
22 I was stupid and didn’t understand;
I was an unthinking animal toward You.
23 Yet I am always with You;
You hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me up in glory.[h]
25 Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[i] of my heart,
my portion forever.
27 Those far from You will certainly perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all You do.

Psalm 74

Prayer for Israel

A Maskil of Asaph.

Why have You rejected us forever, God?
Why does Your anger burn
against the sheep of Your pasture?
Remember Your congregation,
which You purchased long ago
and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession.
Remember Mount Zion where You dwell.
Make Your way[j] to the everlasting ruins,
to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary.
Your adversaries roared in the meeting place
where You met with us.[k]
They set up their emblems as signs.
It was like men in a thicket of trees,
wielding axes,
then smashing all the carvings
with hatchets and picks.
They set Your sanctuary on fire;
they utterly[l] desecrated
the dwelling place of Your name.
They said in their hearts,
“Let us oppress them relentlessly.”
They burned down every place throughout the land
where God met with us.[m]
There are no signs for us to see.
There is no longer a prophet.
And none of us knows how long this will last.
10 God, how long will the enemy mock?
Will the foe insult Your name forever?
11 Why do You hold back Your hand?
Stretch out[n] Your right hand and destroy them!

12 God my King is from ancient times,
performing saving acts on the earth.
13 You divided the sea with Your strength;
You smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the waters;
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You fed him to the creatures of the desert.
15 You opened up springs and streams;
You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is Yours, also the night;
You established the moon and the sun.
17 You set all the boundaries of the earth;
You made summer and winter.

18 Remember this: the enemy has mocked Yahweh,
and a foolish people has insulted Your name.
19 Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts;[o]
do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.
20 Consider the covenant,
for the dark places of the land are full of violence.
21 Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame;
let the poor and needy praise Your name.
22 Rise up, God, defend Your cause!
Remember the insults
that fools bring against You all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamor of Your adversaries,
the tumult of Your opponents that goes up constantly.


  1. Psalm 73:4 Lit For there are no pangs to their death
  2. Psalm 73:4 Lit fat
  3. Psalm 73:10 Lit turn here
  4. Psalm 73:10 Lit and waters of fullness are drained by them
  5. Psalm 73:15 Lit betrayed the generation of Your sons
  6. Psalm 73:16 Lit it was trouble in my eyes
  7. Psalm 73:21 Lit my kidneys
  8. Psalm 73:24 Or will receive me with honor
  9. Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
  10. Psalm 74:3 Lit Lift up Your steps
  11. Psalm 74:4 Lit in Your meeting place
  12. Psalm 74:7 Lit they to the ground
  13. Psalm 74:8 Lit every meeting place of God in the land
  14. Psalm 74:11 Lit From Your bosom
  15. Psalm 74:19 One Hb ms, LXX, Syr read Do not hand over to beasts a soul that praises You

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