Psalm 50:7
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English Standard Version
“Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.

King James Bible
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

American Standard Version
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify unto thee: I am God, even thy God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify to thee: I am God, thy God.

English Revised Version
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify unto thee: I am God, even thy God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The theophany. The names of God are heaped up in Psalm 50:1 in order to gain a thoroughly full-toned exordium for the description of God as the Judge of the world. Hupfeld considers this heaping up cold and stiff; but it is exactly in accordance with the taste of the Elohimic style. The three names are co-ordinate with one another; for אל אלהים does not mean "God of gods," which would rather be expressed by אלהי האלהים or אל אלים. אל is the name for God as the Almighty; אלהים as the Revered One; יהוה as the Being, absolute in His existence, and who accordingly freely influences and moulds history after His own plan - this His peculiar proper-name is the third in the triad. Perfects alternate in Psalm 50:1 with futures, at one time the idea of that which is actually taking place, and at another of that which is future, predominating. Jahve summons the earth to be a witness of the divine judgment upon the people of the covenant. The addition "from the rising of the sun to its going down," shows that the poet means the earth in respect of its inhabitants. He speaks, and because what He speaks is of universal significance He makes the earth in all its compass His audience. This summons precedes His self-manifestation. It is to be construed, with Aquila, the Syriac, Jerome, Tremellius, and Montanus, "out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, Elohim shineth." Zion, the perfect in beauty (cf. the dependent passage Lamentations 2:15, and 1 Macc. 2:12, where the temple is called ἡ καλλονὴ ἡμῶν), because the place of the presence of God the glorious One, is the bright spot whence the brightness of the divine manifestation spreads forth like the rising sun. In itself certainly it is not inappropriate, with the lxx, Vulgate, and Luther, to take מכלל־יפי as a designation of the manifestation of Elohim in His glory, which is the non pius ultra of beauty, and consequently to be explained according to Ezekiel 28:12, cf. Exodus 33:19, and not according to Lamentations 2:15 (more particularly since Jeremiah so readily gives a new turn to the language of older writers). But, taking the fact into consideration that nowhere in Scripture is beauty (יפי) thus directly predicated of God, to whom peculiarly belongs a glory that transcends all beauty, we must follow the guidance of the accentuation, which marks מכלל־יפי by Mercha as in apposition with ציּון (cf. Psychol. S. 49; tr. p. 60). The poet beholds the appearing of God, an appearing that resembles the rising of the sun (הופיע, as in the Asaph Psalm 80:2, after Deuteronomy 33:2, from יפע, with a transition of the primary notion of rising, Arab. yf‛, wf‛, to that of beaming forth and lighting up far and wide, as in Arab. sṭ‛); for "our God will come and by no means keep silence." It is not to be rendered: Let our God come (Hupfeld) and not keep silence (Olshausen). The former wish comes too late after the preceding הופיע (יבא is consequently veniet, and written as e.g., in Psalm 37:13), and the latter is superfluous. אל, as in Psalm 34:6; Psalm 41:3, Isaiah 2:9, and frequently, implies in the negative a lively interest on the part of the writer: He cannot, He dare not keep silence, His glory will not allow it. He who gave the Law, will enter into judgment with those who have it and do not keep it; He cannot long look on and keep silence. He must punish, and first of all by word in order to warn them against the punishment by deeds. Fire and storm are the harbingers of the Lawgiver of Sinai who now appears as Judge. The fire threatens to consume the sinners, and the storm (viz., a tempest accompanied with lightning and thunder, as in Job 38:1) threatens to drive them away like chaff. The expression in Psalm 50:3 is like Psalm 18:9. The fem. Niph. נשׂערה does not refer to אשׁ, but is used as neuter: it is stormed, i.e., a storm rages (Apollinaris, ἐλαιλαπίσθη σφόδρα). The fire is His wrath; and the storm the power or force of His wrath.

Psalm 50:7 Parallel Commentaries

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Hear

Psalm 81:8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify to you: O Israel, if you will listen to me;

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Jeremiah 2:4,5,9 Hear you the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel...

Micah 6:1-8 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice...

O my

Psalm 81:10-12 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it...

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people...

Deuteronomy 26:17,18 You have avouched the LORD this day to be your God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments...

1 Samuel 12:22-25 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people...

testify

Deuteronomy 31:19-21 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths...

2 Kings 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying...

Nehemiah 9:29,30 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your law: yet they dealt proudly, and listened not to your commandments...

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers...

I am

Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

2 Chronicles 28:5 Why the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him...

Ezekiel 20:5,7,19,20 And say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up my hand to the seed of the house of Jacob...

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried...

Cross References
Exodus 20:2
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Psalm 48:14
that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.

Psalm 49:1
Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

Psalm 81:8
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

Isaiah 51:4
"Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.

Jeremiah 6:20
What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.

Micah 6:3
"O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!

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