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Psalm 50 

 


First Version (S.M.)

 

[Recommended tunes: v 1-6 Hampton, Shere; v 7-15 Old 134th, St Olave; v 16-23 Southwell, Narenza]

6,6,8,6


         

A Psalm of Asaph.

                                                     

1The mighty God, the Lord,

hath spoken, and did call

The earth, from rising of the sun,

to where he hath his fall.

2From out of Sion hill,

which of excellency

And beauty the perfection is,

God shined gloriously.

 

3Our God shall surely come,

keep silence shall not he:

Before him fire shall waste, great storms

shall round about him be.

4Unto the heavens clear

he from above shall call,

And to the earth likewise, that he

may judge his people all.

 

5Together let my saints

unto me gather'd be,

Those that by sacrifice have made

a covenant with me.

6And then the heavens shall

his righteousness declare:

Because the Lord himself is he

by whom men judged are.

 

7My people Isr'el hear,

speak will I from on high,

Against thee I will testify;

God, ev'n thy God, am I.

8I for thy sacrifice

no blame will on thee lay,

Nor for burnt-off 'rings, which to me

thou offer'dst ev'ry day.

 

9I'll take no calf nor goats

from house or fold of thine:

10For beasts of forests, cattle all

on thousand hills, are mine.

11The 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.

 

12Then, if I hungry were,

I would not tell it thee;

Because the world, and fulness all

thereof, belongs to me.

13Will I eat flesh of bulls?

or goats' blood drink will I?

14Thanks offer thou to God, and pay

thy vows to the most High.

 

15And call upon me when

in trouble thou shalt be;

I will deliver thee, and thou

my name shalt glorify.

16But 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?

 

17Sith thou instruction hat'st,

which should thy ways direct;

And sith my words behind thy back

thou cast'st, and dost reject.

18When thou a thief didst see,

with him thou didst consent;

And with the vile adulterers

partaker on thou went.

 

19Thou giv'st thy mouth to ill,

thy tongue deceit doth frame;

20Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak'st,

thy mother's son dost shame.

21Because 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.

22Now, ye that God forget,

this carefully consider;

Lest I in pieces tear you all,

and none can you deliver.

 

23Whoso doth offer praise

me glorifies; and I

Will shew him God's salvation,

that orders right his way.

                    

                                                                                                        


    Second Version (C.M.)

 

[Recommended tunes: v 1-6 St Thomas, Colchester; v 7-15 St David, Jackson; v 16-23 Elgin, Balfour]

8,6,8,6


 

1The mighty God, the Lord, hath spoke,

and call'd the earth upon,

Ev'n from the rising of the sun

unto his going down.

2From out of Sion, his own hill,

where the perfection high

Of beauty is, from thence the Lord

hath shined gloriously.

 

3Our God shall come, and shall no more

be silent, but speak out:

Before him fire shall waste, great storms

shall compass him about.

4He to the heavens from above,

and to the earth below,

Shall call, that he his judgments may

before his people show.

 

5Let all my saints together be

unto me gathered;

Those that by sacrifice with me

a covenant have made.

6And then the heavens shall declare

his righteousness abroad:

Because the Lord himself doth come;

none else is judge but God.

 

7Hear, O my people, and I'll speak;

O Israel by name,

Against thee I will testify;

God, ev'n thy God, I am.

8I for thy sacrifices few

reprove thee never will,

Nor for burnt-off 'rings to have been

before me offer'd still.

 

9I'll take no bullock nor he-goats

from house nor folds of thine:

10For beasts of forests, cattle all

on thousand hills, are mine.

11The fowls are all to me well known

that mountains high do yield;

And I do challenge as mine own

the wild beasts of the field.

 

12If I were hungry, I would not

to thee for need complain;

For earth, and all its fulness, doth

to me of right pertain.

13That I to eat the flesh of bulls

take pleasure dost thou think?

Or that I need, to quench my thirst,

the blood of goats to drink?

 

14Nay, rather unto me, thy God,

thanksgiving offer thou:

To the most High perform thy word,

and fully pay thy vow:

15And in the day of trouble great

see that thou call on me;

I will deliver thee, and thou

my name shalt glorify.

 

16But God unto the wicked saith,

Why should'st thou mention make

Of my commands? how dar'st thou in

thy mouth my cov'nant take?

17Sith it is so that thou dost hate

all good instruction;

And sith thou cast'st behind thy back,

and slight'st my words each one.

 

18When thou a thief didst see, then straight

thou join'dst with him in sin,

And with the vile adulterers

thou hast partaker been.

19Thy mouth to evil thou dost give,

thy tongue deceit doth frame.

20Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak'st,

thy mother's son to shame.

 

21These things thou wickedly hast done,

and I have silent been:

Thou thought'st that I was like thyself,

and did approve thy sin:

But I will sharply thee reprove,

and I will order right

Thy sins and thy transgressions

in presence of thy sight.

 

22Consider this, and be afraid,

ye that forget the Lord,

Lest I in pieces tear you all,

when none can help afford.

23Who off'reth praise me glorifies:

I will shew God's salvation

To him that ordereth aright

his life and conversation.

 

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