The Mighty One Calls
1A psalm for Asaph. The God of gods, the Lord hath spoken: and he hath called the earth. From the rising of the sun, to the going down thereof:
2out of Sion the loveliness of his beauty.
3God shall come manifestly: our God shall come, and shall not keep silence. A fire shall burn before him: and a mighty tempest shall be round about him.
4He shall call heaven from above, and the earth, to judge his people.
5Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before sacrifices.
6And the heavens shall declare his justice: for God is judge.
7Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify to thee: I am God, thy God.
8I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices: and thy burnt offerings are always in my sight.
9I will not take calves out of thy house: nor he goats out of thy flocks.
10For all the beasts of the woods are mine: the cattle on the hills, and the oxen.
11I know all the fowls of the air: and with me is the beauty of the field.
12If I should be hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13Shall I eat the flesh of bullocks? or shall I drink the blood of goats?
14Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the most High.
15And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth ?
17Seeing thou hast hated discipline: and hast cast my words behind thee.
18If thou didst see a thief thou didst run with him: and with adulterers thou hast been a partaker.
19Thy mouth hath abounded with evil, and thy tongue framed deceits.
20Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a scandal against thy mother's son:
21these things hast thou done, and I was silent. Thou thoughtest unjustly that I should be like to thee: but I will reprove thee, and set before thy face.
22Understand these things, you that forget God; lest he snatch you away, and there be none to deliver you.
23The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me: and there is the way by which I will shew him the salvation of God.