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Psalm 50

God the Righteous Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 The aMighty One, God the Lord,

Has spoken and called the earth

From the rising of the sun to its going down.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

bGod will shine forth.

3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;

cA fire shall devour before Him,

And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.

4 dHe shall call to the heavens from above,

And to the earth, that He may judge His people:

5 “Gather eMy saints together to Me,

fThose who have 1made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”

6 Let the gheavens declare His righteousness,

For hGod Himself is Judge.


7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak,

O Israel, and I will testify against you;

iI am God, your God!

8 jI will not 2rebuke you kfor your sacrifices

Or your burnt offerings,

Which are continually before Me.

9 lI will not take a bull from your house,

Nor goats out of your folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,

And the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know all the birds of the mountains,

And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;

mFor the world is Mine, and all its fullness.

13 nWill I eat the flesh of bulls,

Or drink the blood of goats?

14 oOffer to God thanksgiving,

And ppay your vows to the Most High.

15 qCall upon Me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

16 But to the wicked God says:

“What right have you to declare My statutes,

Or take My covenant in your mouth,

17 rSeeing you hate instruction

And cast My words behind you?

18 When you saw a thief, you sconsented 3with him,

And have been a tpartaker with adulterers.

19 You give your mouth to evil,

And uyour 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 kept silent;

vYou thought that I was altogether like you;

But I will rebuke you,

And wset them in order before your eyes.

22 “Now consider this, you who xforget God,

Lest I tear you in pieces,

And there be none to deliver:

23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;

And yto him who orders his conduct aright

I will show the salvation of God.”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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