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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
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God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked
 
 
A Psalm of Asaph.
 
 
[1]  THE MIGHTY ONE, God, Jehovah, hath spoken,
And called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
[2]  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God hath shined forth.
[3]  Our God cometh, and doth not keep silence:
A fire devoureth before him,
And it is very tempestuous round about him.
[4]  He calleth to the heavens above,
And the earth, that he may judge his people:
[5]  Gather my saints together unto me,
Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
[6]  And the heavens shall 1 declare his righteousness;
For God is judge himself.  [Selah
[7]  Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, and I will testify unto 2 thee:
I am God, even thy God.
[8]  I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices;
And 3 thy burnt-offerings are continually before me.
[9]  I will take no bullock out of thy house,
Nor he-goats out of thy folds.
[10]  For every beast of the forest is mine,
And the cattle upon 4 a thousand hills.
[11]  I know all the birds of the mountains;
And the wild beasts of the field are mine. 5
[12]  If I were hungry, I would not tell thee;
For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
[13]  Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
[14]  Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving;
And pay thy vows unto the Most High;
[15]  And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
 
[16]  But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,
[17]  Seeing that thou hatest instruction, 6
And castest my words behind thee?
[18]  When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him,
And hast 7 been partaker with adulterers.
[19]  Thou givest thy mouth to evil,
And thy tongue frameth deceit.
[20]  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;
Thou slanderest 8 thine own mother’s son.
[21]  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;
Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself:
But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
 
[22]  Now consider this, ye that forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver:
[23]  Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me;
And to 9 him that ordereth his way aright
Will I show the salvation of God.
 
Note 1. Or, declare. [back]
Note 2. Or, against. [back]
Note 3. Or, Nor for thy burnt-offerings, which are &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, upon the mountains where thousands are. [back]
Note 5. Or, in my mind.Heb. with me. [back]
Note 6. Or, correction. [back]
Note 7. Heb. thy portion was with adulterers. [back]
Note 8. Or, givest a thrust against. [back]
Note 9. Or, prepareth a way that I may show him. [back]
 

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