Psalm 50:4
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New International Version
He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:

New Living Translation
He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people.

English Standard Version
He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

New American Standard Bible
He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people:

King James Bible
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people."

International Standard Version
He summoned the heavens above and the earth below, to sit in judgment on his people.

NET Bible
He summons the heavens above, as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people.

New Heart English Bible
He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He shall call Heaven from above and to the Earth, to judge his people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He summons heaven and earth to judge his people:

JPS Tanakh 1917
He calleth to the heavens above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:

New American Standard 1977
He summons the heavens above,
            And the earth, to judge His people:

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall convocate the heavens of above, and the earth, that he may judge his people.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

American King James Version
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

American Standard Version
He calleth to the heavens above, And to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall call heaven from above, and the earth, to judge his people.

Darby Bible Translation
He will call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

English Revised Version
He shall call to the heavens above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

World English Bible
He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Young's Literal Translation
He doth call unto the heavens from above, And unto the earth, to judge His people.
Study Bible
The Mighty One Calls
3May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him. 4He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: 5"Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:26
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed.

Deuteronomy 31:28
"Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them.

Deuteronomy 32:1
"Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

Psalm 135:14
For the LORD will judge His people And will have compassion on His servants.

Isaiah 1:2
Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

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Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge …

Deuteronomy 4:36 Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct …

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have …

Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that …

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the …

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, …

Micah 6:1,2 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, …

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Psalm 96:13 Before the LORD: for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he …

Psalm 98:9 Before the LORD; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness …

Isaiah 11:3,4 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: …

John 5:22,23 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son…

(4) He shall call.--Better, He calls. The poet actually hears the summons go forth calling heaven and earth as witnesses, or assessors (comp. Micah 6:2), of the judgment scene. (Comp. Deuteronomy 4:26; Deuteronomy 32:1; Isaiah 1:2; Micah 1:2; 1 Maccabees 2:37.)

Israel, politically so insignificant, must have been profoundly conscious of the tremendous issues involved in its religious character to demand a theatre so vast, an audience so august.

Verse 4. - He shall call to the heavens from above; rather, to the heavens above; i.e. to the inhabitants of heaven - the holy angels. And to the earth (comp. ver. 1). That he may judge his people. Heaven and earth are called upon to come together, and furnish a fit audience before which the judgment may proceed. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth,.... To hear what he shall say, when he will no longer keep silence; and to be witnesses of the justice of his proceedings; see Isaiah 1:2. The Targum interprets this of the angels above on high, and of the righteous on the earth below; and so Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, explain it of the angels of heaven, and of the inhabitants of the earth;

that he may judge his people; not that they, the heavens and the earth, the inhabitants of either, may judge his people; but the Lord himself, as in Psalm 50:6; and this designs not the judgment of the whole world, nor that of his own covenant people, whom he judges when he corrects them in love, that they might not be condemned with the world; when he vindicates them, and avenges them on their enemies, and when he protects and saves them; but the judgment of the Jewish nation, his professing people, the same that Peter speaks of, 1 Peter 4:17. 4. above—literally, "above" (Ge 1:7).

heavens … earth—For all creatures are witnesses (De 4:26; 30:19; Isa 1:2).50:1-6 This psalm is a psalm of instruction. It tells of the coming of Christ and the day of judgment, in which God will call men to account; and the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of judgement. All the children of men are concerned to know the right way of worshipping the Lord, in spirit and in truth. In the great day, our God shall come, and make those hear his judgement who would not hearken to his law. Happy are those who come into the covenant of grace, by faith in the Redeemer's atoning sacrifice, and show the sincerity of their love by fruits of righteousness. When God rejects the services of those who rest in outside performances, he will graciously accept those who seek him aright. It is only by sacrifice, by Christ, the great Sacrifice, from whom the sacrifices of the law derived what value they had, that we can be accepted of God. True and righteous are his judgments; even sinners' own consciences will be forced to acknowledge the righteousness of God.
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