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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 50

Psalm 50: S.M.: The mighty God, the Lord

A Psalm of Asaph.

First Version (S.M.)

Meter: S.M. (6,6,8,6)

1 The mighty God, the Lord, hath spoken, and did call The earth, from rising of the sun, to where he hath his fall.

2 From out of Sion hill, which of excellency And beauty the perfection is, God shined gloriously.

3 Our God shall surely come, keep silence shall not he: Before him fire shall waste, great storms shall round about him be.

4 Unto the heavens clear he from above shall call, And to the earth likewise, that he may judge his people all.

5 Together let my saints unto me gather’d be, Those that by sacrifice have made a covenant with me.

6 And then the heavens shall his righteousness declare: Because the Lord himself is he by whom men judged are.

7 My people Isr’el hear, speak will I from on high, Against thee I will testify; God, ev’n thy God, am I.

8 I for thy sacrifice no blame will on thee lay, Nor for burnt-off ‘rings, which to me thou offer’dst ev’ry day.

9 I’ll take no calf nor goats from house or fold of thine: 10 For beasts of forests, cattle all on thousand hills, are mine.

11 The fowls on mountains high are all to me well known; Wild beasts which in the fields do lie, ev’n they are all mine own.

12 Then, if I hungry were, I would not tell it thee; Because the world, and fulness all thereof, belongs to me.

13 Will I eat flesh of bulls? or goats’ blood drink will I? 14 Thanks offer thou to God, and pay thy vows to the most High.

15 And call upon me when in trouble thou shalt be; I will deliver thee, and thou my name shalt glorify.

16 But to the wicked man God saith, My laws and truth Should’st thou declare? how dar’st thou take my cov’nant in thy mouth?

17 Sith thou instruction hat’st, which should thy ways direct; And sith my words behind thy back thou cast’st, and dost reject.

18 When thou a thief didst see, with him thou didst consent; And with the vile adulterers partaker on thou went.

19 Thou giv’st thy mouth to ill, thy tongue deceit doth frame; 20 Thou sitt’st, and ‘gainst thy brother speak’st, thy mother’s son dost shame.

21 Because I silence kept, while thou these things hast wrought; That I was altogether like thyself, hath been thy thought;

Yet I will thee reprove, and set before thine eyes, In order ranked, thy misdeeds and thine iniquities.

22 Now, ye that God forget, this carefully consider; Lest I in pieces tear you all, and none can you deliver.

23 Whoso doth offer praise me glorifies; and I Will shew him God’s salvation, that orders right his way.