Psalms Chapter 49
The coming of Christ: who prefers virtue and inward purity before the blood of victims.
49:1. A 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:
49:2. Out of Sion the loveliness of his beauty.
49:3. God 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.
49:4. He shall call heaven from above, and the earth, to judge his people.
49:5. Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before sacrifices.
49:6. And the heavens shall declare his justice: for God is judge.
49:7. Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify to thee: I am God, thy God.
49:8. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices: and thy burnt offerings are always in my sight.
49:9. I will not take calves out of thy house: nor he goats out of thy flocks.
49:10. For all the beasts of the woods are mine: the cattle on the hills, and the oxen.
49:11. I know all the fowls of the air: and with me is the beauty of the field.
49:12. If I should be hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
49:13. Shall I eat the flesh of bullocks? or shall I drink the blood of goats?
49:14. Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the most High.
49:15. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
49:16. But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth?
49:17. Seeing thou hast hated discipline: and hast cast my words behind thee.
49:18. If thou didst see a thief thou didst run with him: and with adulterers thou hast been a partaker.
49:19. Thy mouth hath abounded with evil, and thy tongue framed deceits.
49:20. Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a scandal against thy mother's son:
49:21. These 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.
49:22. Understand these things, you that forget God; lest he snatch you away, and there be none to deliver you.
49:23. The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me: and there is the way by which I will shew him the salvation of God.