50 A psalm by Asaph.
El, God, the Lord 1 speaks,
and summons the earth to come from the east and west. 2
2 From Zion, the most beautiful of all places, 3
God comes in splendor. 4
3 Our God approaches and is not silent; 5
consuming fire goes ahead of him
and all around him a storm rages. 6
4 He summons the heavens above,
as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people. 7
5 He says: 8
“Assemble my covenant people before me, 9
those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 10
6 The heavens declare his fairness, 11
for God is judge. 12 (Selah)
7 He says: 13
“Listen my people! I am speaking!
Listen Israel! I am accusing you! 14
I am God, your God!
8 I am not condemning 15 you because of your sacrifices,
or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 16
9 I do not need to take 17 a bull from your household
or goats from your sheepfolds.
10 For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me,
as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills. 18
11 I keep track of 19 every bird in the hills,
and the insects 20 of the field are mine.
12 Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and all it contains belong to me.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats? 21
14 Present to God a thank-offering!
Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 22
15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! 23
I will deliver you, and you will honor me!” 24
16 God says this to the evildoer: 25
“How can you declare my commands,
and talk about my covenant? 26
17 For you hate instruction
and reject my words. 27
18 When you see a thief, you join him; 28
you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. 29
19 You do damage with words, 30
and use your tongue to deceive. 31
20 You plot against your brother; 32
you slander your own brother. 33
21 When you did these things, I was silent, 34
so you thought I was exactly like you. 35
But now I will condemn 36 you
and state my case against you! 37
22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God! 38
Otherwise I will rip you to shreds 39
and no one will be able to rescue you.
23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 40
To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 41
51 For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 1
Have mercy on me, O God, because of 2 your loyal love!
Because of 3 your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 4
2 Wash away my wrongdoing! 5
Cleanse me of my sin! 6
3 For I am aware of 7 my rebellious acts;
I am forever conscious of my sin. 8
4 Against you – you above all 9 – I have sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
So 10 you are just when you confront me; 11
you are right when you condemn me. 12
5 Look, I was guilty of sin from birth,
a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. 13
6 Look, 14 you desire 15 integrity in the inner man; 16
you want me to possess wisdom. 17
7 Sprinkle me 18 with water 19 and I will be pure; 20
wash me 21 and I will be whiter than snow. 22
8 Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! 23
May the bones 24 you crushed rejoice! 25
9 Hide your face 26 from my sins!
Wipe away 27 all my guilt!
10 Create for me a pure heart, O God! 28
Renew a resolute spirit within me! 29
11 Do not reject me! 30
Do not take your Holy Spirit 31 away from me! 32
12 Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance!
Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! 33
13 Then I will teach 34 rebels your merciful ways, 35
and sinners will turn 36 to you.
14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, 37 O God, the God who delivers me!
Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance. 38
15 O Lord, give me the words! 39
Then my mouth will praise you. 40
16 Certainly 41 you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; 42
you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 43
17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit 44 –
O God, a humble and repentant heart 45 you will not reject. 46
18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 47
Fortify 48 the walls of Jerusalem! 49
19 Then you will accept 50 the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;
then bulls will be sacrificed 51 on your altar. 52