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