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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Psalms 50:1-23


  • God judges between the loyal and the wicked

    • God’s covenant over sacrifice (5)

    • “God himself is Judge” (6)

    • All animals belong to God (10, 11)

    • God exposes wicked ones (16-21)

A melody of Aʹsaph.+ 50  The God of gods, Jehovah,*+ has spoken; He summons the earth From the rising of the sun until its setting.*   Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,+ God shines forth.   Our God will come and cannot remain silent.+ Before him is a consuming fire,+ And a great storm rages all around him.+   He summons the heavens above and the earth,+ So as to judge his people:+   “Gather to me my loyal ones, Those making a covenant with me over sacrifice.”+   The heavens proclaim his righteousness, For God himself is Judge.+ (Selah)   “Listen, O my people, and I will speak; Israel, I will bear witness against you.+ I am God, your God.+   I do not reprove you because of your sacrifices, Nor because of your whole burnt offerings that are constantly before me.+   I do not need to take a bull from your house, Nor goats* from your pens.+ 10  For every wild animal of the forest is mine,+ Even the beasts upon a thousand mountains. 11  I know every bird of the mountains;+ The countless animals of the field are mine. 12  If I were hungry, I would not tell you, For the productive land and everything in it is mine.+ 13  Will I eat the flesh of bulls And drink the blood of goats?+ 14  Offer thanksgiving as your sacrifice to God,+ And pay your vows to the Most High;+ 15  Call on me in the time of distress.+ I will rescue you, and you will glorify me.”+ 16  But God will say to the wicked: “What right do you have to relate my regulations+ Or to speak about my covenant?+ 17  For you hate discipline,* And you keep turning your back on my words.*+ 18  When you see a thief, you approve of him,*+ And you keep company with adulterers. 19  You use your mouth to spread what is bad, And deception is attached to your tongue.+ 20  You sit and speak against your own brother;+ You reveal the faults of* your own mother’s son. 21  When you did these things, I remained silent, So you thought that I would be just like you. But now I will reprove you, And I will state my case against you.+ 22  Please consider this, you who forget God,+ So that I may not tear you to pieces with no one to rescue you. 23  The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me,+ And as for the one who follows a set course, I will cause him to see salvation by God.”+


Or “The Divine One, God, Jehovah.”
Or “From east to west.”
Lit., “male goats.”
Or “instruction.”
Lit., “throwing my words behind you.”
Or possibly, “you join him.”
Or “defame.”