The Message

Psalm 50

An Asaph Psalm

11-3 The God of gods—it’s God!—speaks out, shouts, “Earth!”
    welcomes the sun in the east,
    farewells the disappearing sun in the west.
From the dazzle of Zion,
    God blazes into view.
Our God makes his entrance,
    he’s not shy in his coming.
Starbursts of fireworks precede him.

4-5 He summons heaven and earth as a jury,
    he’s taking his people to court:
“Round up my saints who swore
    on the Bible their loyalty to me.”

The whole cosmos attests to the fairness of this court,
    that here God is judge.

7-15 “Are you listening, dear people? I’m getting ready to speak;
    Israel, I’m about ready to bring you to trial.
This is God, your God,
    speaking to you.
I don’t find fault with your acts of worship,
    the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer.
But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull,
    or more and more goats from your herds?
Every creature in the forest is mine,
    the wild animals on all the mountains.
I know every mountain bird by name;
    the scampering field mice are my friends.
If I get hungry, do you think I’d tell you?
    All creation and its bounty are mine.
Do you think I feast on venison?
    or drink draughts of goats’ blood?
Spread for me a banquet of praise,
    serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you’re in trouble—
    I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.”

16-21 Next, God calls up the wicked:

“What are you up to, quoting my laws,
    talking like we are good friends?
You never answer the door when I call;
    you treat my words like garbage.
If you find a thief, you make him your buddy;
    adulterers are your friends of choice.
Your mouth drools filth;
    lying is a serious art form with you.
You stab your own brother in the back,
    rip off your little sister.
I kept a quiet patience while you did these things;
    you thought I went along with your game.
I’m calling you on the carpet, now,
    laying your wickedness out in plain sight.

22-23 “Time’s up for playing fast and
    loose with me.
I’m ready to pass sentence,
    and there’s no help in sight!
It’s the praising life that honors me.
    As soon as you set your foot on the Way,
I’ll show you my salvation.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 50

真正的敬拜

亚萨的诗。

1从日出之地到日落之处,
大能的上帝耶和华召唤世人。
上帝的光辉从完美的锡安发出。
我们的上帝来临,
并非悄然无声,
祂前面有烈火燃烧,
周围有暴风怒吼。
祂召唤天地,
为要审判祂的子民。
祂说:“把我忠心的子民——那些借着献祭和我立约的人招聚到我这里。”
诸天宣扬上帝的公义,
因为祂是审判官。(细拉)

祂说:“我的子民啊,听我说!
以色列啊,我要指控你!
我是上帝,是你的上帝。
我责怪你,不是因为你的祭物,
也不是因为你经常献给我的燔祭。
我不需要你棚里的公牛和圈里的山羊,
10 因为林中的百兽是我的,
群山上的牲畜是我的。
11 山中的飞鸟和田野的动物都是我的。
12 就是我饿了,也不用告诉你,
因为世界和其中的一切都是我的。
13 难道我吃公牛的肉,
喝山羊的血吗?
14 你要向上帝献上感恩祭,
向至高者恪守诺言,
15 在患难中呼求我,
我必拯救你,你必尊崇我。”

16 但上帝对恶人说:
“你怎能背诵我的律法,
谈论我的约?
17 你憎恶我的管教,
把我的话抛在脑后。
18 你见了盗贼就与他同流合污,
又喜欢与淫乱的人交往。
19 你满口恶言,谎话连篇,
20 肆意毁谤自己的同胞兄弟。
21 我对你的所作所为默然不语,
你就以为我与你是同道。
现在我要责备你,
当面指出你的罪状。
22 忘记上帝的人啊,
你们要省察,
免得我毁灭你们,
那时谁也救不了你们。
23 向我献上感恩就是尊崇我,
我必拯救走正路的人。”