God Himself Is Judge
The a Mighty One, God the LORD,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
b God will shine forth.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;
c A fire shall devour before Him,
And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
d He shall call to the heavens from above,
And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
"Gather e My saints together to Me,
f Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
Let the g heavens declare His righteousness,
For h God Himself is Judge. Selah
"Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
i I am God, your God!
j I will not rebuke you k for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
l I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
"If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
m For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
n Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
o Offer to God thanksgiving,
And p pay your vows to the Most High.
q Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
But to the wicked God says:
"What right have you to declare My statutes,
Or take My covenant in your mouth,
r Seeing you hate instruction
And cast My words behind you?
When you saw a thief, you s consented with him,
And have been a t partaker with adulterers.
You give your mouth to evil,
And u your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother's son.
These things you have done, and I kept silent;
v You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And w set them in order before your eyes.
"Now consider this, you who x forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces,
And there be none to deliver:
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And y to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
And he said: "The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand Came a fiery law for them.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!
So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
And a fire came out from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.
A fire goes before Him, And burns up His enemies round about.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.
Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them.
Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me.
Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hand; They sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.
The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.
But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it.
Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.
1 Corinthians 10:26
For "the earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness.
Psalms 51:15 - 17
O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you.
You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.
I will bring the one -third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.'
Nevertheless they were disobedient And rebelled against You, Cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets, who testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations.
You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
1 Timothy 5:22
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.