Yahweh, God over gods spoke
Summoning the world
from farthest east to utter west.
From Zion, his perfect beauty
Blazes out everywhere.
Our God is coming, and will not be silenced
Devouring fire leads,
Powerful wind surrounds.
He calls to the skies above and the ground below
to judge his people.
Gather to me
my faithful friends,
my full worshipers.
They will proclaim my justice to the skies,
that God is the one who judges.
Listen to me, realms above, and I will speak.
Attend, Israel, and I will give you my testimony.
I am the God over all gods.
It’s not for your sacrifices that I will find you right,
Nor your continual burnt offerings.
I won’t take a bull from your house,
Nor sheep or goat from your fold.
Each animal living in the forest is mine,
Flocks and herds on unnumbered hills.
I know each and every bird in the wild,
Even the crickets are in my care.
If I get hungry, I won’t tell you,
Because everything in the universe is mine!
Do you think I eat bulls?
Or drink goat’s blood?
Offer God your thanks,
Keep your word for God Most High!
Then call on me when you’re in trouble,
I’ll save you and you’ll honor me.
But if you’re wicked, here’s my message:
Why are you talking about my commands?
Why do you even mention my covenant?
You hate to be corrected,
You discard my words like garbage.
To see a thief is to love him.
Adulterers are your best friends.
Your mouth is evil’s publicist,
Lying is your tongue’s vocation.
Your brother is a favored target,
and your sister is not exempt.
You did these things and kept silent.
You thought I was like you.
But I’ll rebuke you and confront you face-to-face!
Understand this, you who forget God,
Lest He destroy you and there is none to save.
The one who honors me offers thanks,
Following my path.
I will show him my salvation.
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