Psalm 50

God Himself Is Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.

o The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
p from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, q the perfection of beauty,
r God shines forth.

3 Our God comes; he s does not keep silence; 1
before him is a devouring t fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4 u He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 "Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made v a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
6 w The heavens declare his righteousness,
for x God himself is judge! Selah

7 y "Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
z I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices a do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 b I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.

12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
c for the world and its fullness are mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 d Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, 2
and e perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and f call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will g deliver you, and you shall h glorify me."

16 But to the wicked God says:
"What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 i For you hate discipline,
j and you cast my words behind you.
18 If you see a thief, k you are pleased with him,
l and you keep company with adulterers.

19 "You give your mouth free rein for evil,
m and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I n have been silent;
you thought that I 3 was one like yourself.
But now I o rebuke you and p lay the charge before you.

22 "Mark this, then, you who q forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be r none to deliver!
23 The one who s offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who t orders his way rightly
I will show the u salvation of God!"

  1. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 6:39
    And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right h...
    1 Chronicles 15:17
    So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel;...
    1 Chronicles 16:5
    Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zec...
    1 Chronicles 16:7
    Then on that day David first appointed that tha...
    1 Chronicles 25:2
    Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah...
    2 Chronicles 29:30
    And Hezekiah the king and the officials command...
  2. Cross References
    Joshua 22:22
    The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith against the Lord, do not spare us today
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 113:3
    From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!
  4. Cross References
    Lamentations 2:15
    All who pass along the way clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of all the earth?
    Psalms 48:2
    Beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 80:1
    Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Psalms 94:1
    O Lord, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!
    Deuteronomy 33:2
    He said, "The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 19:16
    On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 21:9
    You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.
    Psalms 97:3
    Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around.
    Leviticus 10:2
    And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
    Numbers 16:35
    And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.
    Daniel 7:10
    A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:26
    I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. You will not live long in it, but will be utterly destroyed.
    Deuteronomy 31:28
    Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to witness against them.
    Deuteronomy 32:1
    Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
    Isaiah 1:2
    Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: "Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.
    Micah 6:1 - 2
    Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 24:7 - 8
    Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.
    Genesis 15:9 - 18
    He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 89:5
    Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
    Psalms 97:6
    The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.
    Revelation 16:5
    And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, "Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.
    Revelation 16:7
    And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!
    Revelation 19:2
    For his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 58:11
    Mankind will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.
    Psalms 75:7
    But it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 81:8
    Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
    Psalms 49:1
    Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world.
  13. 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.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 40:6
    In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 10:29
    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 24:1
    The earth is the Lord 's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 50:23
    The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrific...
    Psalms 27:6
    And now my head shall be lifted up above my ene...
    Psalms 69:30
    I will praise the name of God with a song; I wi...
    Psalms 107:22
    And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, ...
    Hebrews 13:15
    Through him then let us continually offer up a ...
    Hosea 14:2
    Take with you words and return to the Lord ; sa...
    Romans 12:1
    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mer...
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 22:25
    From you comes my praise in the great congregat...
    Psalms 61:8
    So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I ...
    Psalms 65:1
    Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to yo...
    Psalms 76:11
    Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform...
    Psalms 116:14
    I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence ...
    Psalms 116:18
    I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence ...
    Numbers 30:2
    If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an o...
    Deuteronomy 23:21
    If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you sha...
    Job 22:27
    You will make your prayer to him, and he will h...
    Ecclesiastes 5:4 - 5
    When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying ...
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 81:7
    In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
    Zechariah 13:9
    And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'
    Psalms 107:6
    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 91:15
    When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 50:23
    The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
    Psalms 22:23
    You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
  22. Cross References
    Romans 2:21 - 22
    You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
  23. Cross References
    1 Kings 14:9
    But you have done evil above all who were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods and metal images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back.
    Nehemiah 9:26
    Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies.
  24. Cross References
    Romans 1:32
    Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
  25. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:22
    Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 52:2
    Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
  27. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 8:11
    Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.
    Isaiah 57:11
    Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me?
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 90:8
    You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
    2 Kings 19:4
    It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.
  29. Cross References
    Job 13:18
    Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.
    Job 23:4
    I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 9:17
    The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 7:2
    Lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 50:14 - 15
    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.
  33. Cross References
    Galatians 6:16
    And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 91:16
    With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
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