1 The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken ♦︎
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth; ♦︎
our God comes and will not keep silence.
3 Consuming fire goes out before him ♦︎
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
4 He calls the heaven above, ♦︎
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 Gather to me my faithful, ♦︎
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.
6 Let the heavens declare his righteousness, ♦︎
for God himself is judge.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak: ♦︎
I will testify against you, O Israel;
for I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices, ♦︎
for your burnt offerings are always before me.
9 I will take no bull out of your house, ♦︎
nor he-goat out of your folds,
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine, ♦︎
the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird of the mountains ♦︎
and the insect of the field is mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, ♦︎
for the whole world is mine and all that fills it.
13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, ♦︎
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving ♦︎
and fulfil your vows to God Most High.
15 Call upon me in the day of trouble; ♦︎
I will deliver you and you shall honour me.
16 But to the wicked, says God: ♦︎
Why do you recite my statutes
and take my covenant upon your lips,
17 Since you refuse to be disciplined ♦︎
and have cast my words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you made friends with him ♦︎
and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
19 You have loosed your lips for evil ♦︎
and harnessed your tongue to deceit.
20 You sit and speak evil of your brother; ♦︎
you slander your own mothers son.
21 These things have you done, and should I keep silence? ♦︎
Did you think that I am even such a one as yourself?
22 But no, I must reprove you, ♦︎
and set before your eyes the things that you have done.
23 You that forget God, consider this well, ♦︎
lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.
24 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me ♦︎
and to those who keep my way
will I show the salvation of God.