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Psalm 50

The Acceptable Sacrifice

A Psalm of Asaph.

The mighty one, God the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.(A)
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.(B)

Our God comes and does not keep silent;
    before him is a devouring fire
    and a mighty tempest all around him.(C)
He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:(D)
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”(E)
The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for God himself is judge. Selah(F)

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
    O Israel, I will testify against you.
    I am God, your God.(G)
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.(H)

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22 Mark this, then, you who forget God,
    or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.(A)
23 Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
    to those who go the right way,[a]
    I will show the salvation of God.”

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  1. 50.23 Heb who set a way

18 For wickedness burned like a fire,
    consuming briers and thorns;
it kindled the thickets of the forest,
    and they swirled upward in a column of smoke.(A)
19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts
    the land was burned,
and the people became like fuel for the fire;
    no one spared another.(B)
20 They gorged on the right but still were hungry,
    and they devoured on the left but were not satisfied;
they devoured the flesh of their own kindred;[a](C)
21 Manasseh devoured Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
    and together they were against Judah.
For all this his anger has not turned away;
    his hand is stretched out still.(D)

10 Woe to those who make iniquitous decrees,
    who write oppressive statutes,(E)
to turn aside the needy from justice
    and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
to make widows their spoil
    and to plunder orphans!(F)
What will you do on the day of punishment,
    in the calamity that will come from far away?
To whom will you flee for help,
    and where will you leave your wealth,(G)
so as not to crouch among the prisoners
    or fall among the slain?
For all this his anger has not turned away;
    his hand is stretched out still.(H)


  1. 9.20 Or arm

Stephen’s Speech to the Council

Then the high priest asked him, “Are these things so?” And Stephen replied:

“Brothers[a] and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,(A) and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.’(B) Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living.(C) He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child.(D) And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years.(E) ‘But I will judge the people whom they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’(F) Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham[b] became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac did likewise to Jacob and Jacob to the twelve patriarchs.(G)

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  1. 7.2 Gk Men, brothers
  2. 7.8 Gk he