1 The Lord, even the most mighty God, has spoken*
and called the world, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof.
2 Out of Zion, perfect in her beauty,*
has God shone forth in glory.
3 Our God shall come and shall not keep silence;*
there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about him.
4 He shall call to the heavens above,*
and to the earth beneath, that he may judge his people:
5 "Gather my faithful together unto me,*
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness,*
for God himself is Judge.
7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak;*
I myself will testify against you, O Israel, for I am God, even your God.
8 I will not rebuke you because of your sacrifices, or for your burnt offerings,*
because they are always before me.
9 I will take no bull calf out of your house,*
nor he-goat out of your folds.
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine,*
and so are the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the air,*
and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,*
for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.
13 Do you think that I will eat the flesh of bulls*
and drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,*
and pay your vows unto the Most High,
15 And call upon me in the time of trouble;*
so will I hear you, and you shall praise me."
16 But to the ungodly God says:*
"Why do you recite my laws, and take my covenant in your mouth,
17 Though you hate to be disciplined,*
and have cast my words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you agreed with him,*
and you have taken part with adulterers.
19 You have let your mouth speak wickedness,*
and with your tongue you have set forth deceit.
20 You sat and spoke against your brother;*
yes, and have slandered your own mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I held my tongue,*
and you thought wickedly that I am such a one as yourself.
22 But I will reprove you,*
and set before you the things that you have done.
23 O consider this, you who forget God,*
lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver you.
24 Whoever offers me a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me,*
and to him who orders his way aright will I show the salvation of God."
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