Psalm 50:1-15New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks. He calls out to the earth from the sunrise in the east to the sunset in the west. 2 From Zion, perfect and beautiful, God’s glory shines out. 3 Our God comes, and he won’t be silent. A burning fire goes ahead of him. A terrible storm is all around him. 4 He calls out to heaven and earth to be his witnesses. Then he judges his people. 5 He says, “Gather this holy people around me. They made a covenant with me by offering a sacrifice.” 6 The heavens announce that what God decides is right. That’s because he is a God of justice.
7 God says, “Listen, my people, and I will speak. I will be a witness against you, Israel. I am God, your God. 8 I don’t bring charges against you because of your sacrifices. I don’t bring charges because of the burnt offerings you always bring me. 9 I don’t need a bull from your barn. I don’t need goats from your pens. 10 Every animal in the forest already belongs to me. And so do the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I own every bird in the mountains. The insects in the fields belong to me. 12 If I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you. The world belongs to me. And so does everything in it. 13 Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats? 14 Bring me thank offerings, because I am your God. Carry out the promises you made to me, because I am the Most High God. 15 Call out to me when trouble comes. I will save you. And you will honor me.”
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