50 The God of gods, the Lord, speaks. He calls the earth from the rising to the setting sun. 2 God shines from Jerusalem, whose beauty is perfect. 3 Our God comes, and he will not be silent. A fire burns in front of him, and a storm surrounds him. 4 He calls to the sky and to the earth to see him judge his people. 5 He says, “You who worship me, gather around. You have made an agreement with me, using a sacrifice.” 6 God is the judge. Even the skies say he is right. Selah
7 God says, “My people, listen to me. Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 I do not scold you for your sacrifices. You always bring me your burnt offerings. 9 But I do not need the bulls from your stalls or the goats from your pens. 10 Every animal of the forest is already mine. The cattle on a thousand hills are mine. 11 I know every bird on the mountains. Every living thing in the fields is mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you. The earth and everything on it are mine. 13 I don’t eat the meat of bulls or drink the blood of goats. 14 Give an offering to show thanks to God. Give God Most High what you have promised. 15 Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor me.”
16 But God says to the wicked people, “Why do you talk about my laws? Why do you mention my agreement? 17 You hate my teachings. You turn your back on what I say. 18 When you see a thief, you join him. You take part in adultery. 19 You don’t stop your mouth from speaking evil. Your tongue makes up lies. 20 You speak against your brother. You lie 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 you. I will accuse you to your face.
22 “Think about this, you people who forget God. Otherwise, I will tear you apart, and no one will save you. 23 Those people honor me who give me offerings to show thanks. And I, God, will save those who do that.”
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