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Psalm 50

A Psalm of Asaph.

First Version (S.M.)

6,6,8,6

1The mighty God, the Lord,

hath spoken, and did call

The earth, from rising of the sun,

to where he hath his fall.

2From out of Sion hill,

which of excellency

And beauty the perfection is,

God shined gloriously.

3Our God shall surely come,

keep silence shall not he:

Before him fire shall waste, great storms

shall round about him be.

4Unto the heavens clear

he from above shall call,

And to the earth likewise, that he

may judge his people all.

5Together let my saints

unto me gather’d be,

Those that by sacrifice have made

a covenant with me.

6And then the heavens shall

his righteousness declare:

Because the Lord himself is he

by whom men judged are.

7My people Isr’el hear,

speak will I from on high,

Against thee I will testify;

God, ev’n thy God, am I.

8I for thy sacrifice

no blame will on thee lay,

Nor for burnt-off ‘rings, which to me

thou offer’dst ev’ry day.

9I’ll take no calf nor goats

from house or fold of thine:

10For beasts of forests, cattle all

on thousand hills, are mine.

11The fowls on mountains high

are all to me well known;

Wild beasts which in the fields do lie,

ev’n they are all mine own.

12Then, if I hungry were,

I would not tell it thee;

Because the world, and fulness all

thereof, belongs to me.

13Will I eat flesh of bulls?

or goats’ blood drink will I?

14Thanks offer thou to God, and pay

thy vows to the most High.

15And call upon me when

in trouble thou shalt be;

I will deliver thee, and thou

my name shalt glorify.

16But to the wicked man

God saith, My laws and truth

Should’st thou declare? how dar’st thou take

my cov’nant in thy mouth?

17Sith thou instruction hat’st,

which should thy ways direct;

And sith my words behind thy back

thou cast’st, and dost reject.

18When thou a thief didst see,

with him thou didst consent;

And with the vile adulterers

partaker on thou went.

19Thou giv’st thy mouth to ill,

thy tongue deceit doth frame;

20Thou sitt’st, and ‘gainst thy brother speak’st,

thy mother’s son dost shame.

21Because I silence kept,

while thou these things hast wrought;

That I was altogether like

thyself, hath been thy thought;

Yet I will thee reprove,

and set before thine eyes,

In order ranked, thy misdeeds

and thine iniquities.

22Now, ye that God forget,

this carefully consider;

Lest I in pieces tear you all,

and none can you deliver.

23Whoso doth offer praise

me glorifies; and I

Will shew him God’s salvation,

that orders right his way.

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