16 But to the wicked person, God says:

“What right have you to recite my laws
    or take my covenant(A) on your lips?(B)
17 You hate(C) my instruction
    and cast my words behind(D) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(E) with him;
    you throw in your lot with adulterers.(F)
19 You use your mouth for evil
    and harness your tongue to deceit.(G)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(H)
    and slander your own mother’s son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(I)
    you thought I was exactly[a] like you.
But I now arraign(J) you
    and set my accusations(K) before you.

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,(L)
    or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(M)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
    and to the blameless[b] I will show my salvation.(N)

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  1. Psalm 50:21 Or thought the ‘I am’ was
  2. Psalm 50:23 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; the meaning of the Masoretic Text for this phrase is uncertain.

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