50 The God of gods, the Lord, speaks. He ·calls [proclaims to; summons] the earth from the rising to the setting sun. 2 God shines from ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple], ·whose beauty is perfect [L the perfection of beauty; 48:2; Lam. 2:15]. 3 Our God comes, and he will not be silent. A fire ·burns [consumes] in front of him [Heb. 12:29], and a ·powerful storm [whirlwind; tempest] surrounds him [Is. 66:15]. 4 He ·calls to [summons] the ·sky [heavens] above and to the earth that he might judge his people. 5 He says, “Gather around, you ·who worship me [holy ones; saints], who have made an ·agreement [covenant; treaty] with me, using a sacrifice [Ex. 24:5–8].” 6 God is the judge, and even the ·skies say he is right [heavens proclaim his righteousness]. ·Selah[Interlude]
7 God says, “My people, listen to me; Israel, I will ·testify [witness] against you. I am God, your God. 8 I do not ·scold [reprimand; rebuke] you for your sacrifices. You always bring me your burnt offerings [Lev. 1:1–17]. 9 But I do not ·need [or accept] bulls from your ·stalls [L house] or goats from your ·pens [folds], 10 because every animal of the forest is already mine. The cattle on a thousand hills are mine. 11 I know every bird on the mountains, and every living thing in the fields is mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, because the earth and ·everything in it [L its fullness] are mine. 13 ·I don’t [L Do I…?] eat the meat of bulls or drink the blood of goats. 14 Give an ·offering to show thanks [thank offering] to God [Lev. 7:12; 22:29; Heb. 13:15]. Give God Most High what you have ·promised [vowed]. 15 Call to me in times of ·trouble [distress]. I will ·save [rescue; T deliver] you, and you will ·honor [glorify] me.”
16 But God says to the wicked, “Why do you ·talk about [recount] my ·laws [statutes; ordinances; requirements]? Why do you ·mention [L lift up on your mouth] my ·agreement [covenant; treaty]? 17 You hate my ·teachings [instruction; discipline; Prov. 1:7] and turn your back on what I say. 18 When you see a thief, you ·join [delight in; or run with] him. ·You take part in adultery [Your lot/portion is with adulterers]. 19 You ·don’t stop your mouth from speaking evil [L send your mouth into evil], and your tongue ·makes up lies [L is yoked to deception]. 20 You sit around and speak against your brother and ·lie [L give a stain/fault] about your mother’s son. 21 I have kept quiet while you did these things, so you thought I was just like you. But I will ·scold [reprimand; reprove] you and ·accuse [indict] you ·to your face [L before your eyes].
22 “·Think about [Understand] this, you who forget God. Otherwise, I will tear you apart, and no one will ·save [protect] you. 23 Those people ·honor [glorify] me who bring me ·offerings to show thanks [thank offerings; v. 14]. And I, God, will save those who ·do that [L go on my way/path].”
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