The Lord our God, the Mighty One, has spoken :
and summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun
to its setting in the west.
From Zion, perfect in beauty :
God has shone out in glory.
Our God is coming, he will not keep silent :
before him is devouring fire, and tempest whirls about him.
He calls to the heavens above :
and to the earth, so he may judge his people.
Gather to me my faithful ones :
those who by sacrifice made a covenant with me.
The heavens shall proclaim his righteousness :
for God himself is judge.
Listen my people, and I will speak :
O Israel, I am God your God, and I will give my testimony.
It is not for your sacrifices that I reprove you :
for your burnt-offerings are always before me.
I will take no bull from your farms :
or he-goat from your pens.
For all the beasts of the forest belong to me :
and so do the cattle upon the mountains.
I know all the birds of the air :
and the grasshoppers 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 in it.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls :
or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving :
and pay your vows to the Most High.
Call upon me in the day of trouble :
I will bring you out, and you shall glorify me.
But God says to the wicked :
What have you to do with reciting my laws,
or taking my covenant on your lips,
Seeing you loathe discipline :
and have tossed my words behind you?
When you saw a thief, you went along with him :
and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You have loosed your mouth in evil :
and your tongue strings lies together.
You sit and speak against your brother :
and slander your own mothers son.
These things you have done, and I held my tongue :
and you thought I was just such another as yourself.
But I will convict you :
and set before your eyes what you have done.
O consider this, you who forget God :
lest I tear you in pieces, and there be no one to save you.
He honours me who brings sacrifice of thanksgiving :
and to him who keeps to my way
I will show the salvation of God.