A Psalm. Of Asaph.
The God of
gods, even the Lord, has sent out his voice, and the earth
is full of fear; from the coming up of the sun to its going
From Zion, most beautiful of places, God has sent out his
Our God will come, and will not keep quiet; with fire
burning before him, and storm-winds round him.
His voice will go out to the heavens and
to the earth, for the judging of his people:
Let my saints come together to me; those
who have made an agreement with me by offerings.
And let the heavens make clear his
righteousness; for God himself is the judge. (Selah.)
Give ear, O my people, to my words; O
Israel, I will be a witness against you; I am God, even your
I will not take up a cause against you because of your
offerings, or because of your burned offerings, which are
ever before me.
I will take no ox out of your house, or
he-goats from your flocks;
For every beast of the woodland is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
I see all the birds of the mountains, and
the beasts of the field are mine.
If I had need of food, I would not give
you word of it; for the earth is mine and all its wealth.
Am I to take the flesh of the ox for my
food, or the blood of goats for my drink?
Make an offering of praise to God; keep
the agreements which you have made with the Most High;
Let your voice come up to me in the day
of trouble; I will be your saviour, so that you may give
glory to me.
But to the sinner, God says, What are you
doing, talking of my laws, or taking the words of my
agreement in your mouth?
Seeing that you have no desire for my
teaching, turning your back on my words.
When you saw a thief, you were in
agreement with him, and you were joined with those who took
other men's wives.
You have given your mouth to evil, your
tongue to words of deceit.
You say evil of your brother; you make
false statements against your mother's son.
These things have you done, and I said
nothing; it seemed to you that I was such a one as yourself;
but I will make a protest against you, and put them in order
before your eyes.
Now keep this in mind, you who have no
memory of God, for fear that you may be crushed under my
hand, with no one to give you help:
Whoever makes an offering of praise gives
glory to me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will
make clear the salvation of God.