A Psalm of Asaph.
The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the
rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.||
"The Lord has spoken and has called the
(Unknown, 12th Century)
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before
him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may
judge his people.||
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against
thee: I am God, even thy God.||
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have
been continually before me.||
I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.||
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field
"I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field
are mine. ... The world is mine, and the fulness thereof."|
God takes credit for the entire creation. Predators, prey, parasite, and host: God purposefully
designed them all.
Who owns the earth?
"Will I eat the flesh
of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?"
Does God desire bloody sacrifices?
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the
Will I eat the flesh
of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou
shalt glorify me.
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my
statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?||
Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.||
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been
partaker with adulterers.||
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.||
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I
was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them
in order before thine eyes.||
Now consider this, ye
that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to
(50:22) "Now consider this, ye
that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces."
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his
conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.