Words: The Scottish Psalter
A Psalm of Asaph. First Version 1 The mighty God, the Lord, hath spoken, and did call The earth, from rising of the sun, to where he hath his fall.
2 From out of Zion hill, which of excellency And beauty the perfection is, God shined gloriously.
3 Our God shall surely come, keep silence shall not he: Before him fire shall waste, great storms shall round about him be.
4 Unto the heavens clear he from above shall call, And to the earth likewise, that he may judge his people all.
5 Together let my saints unto me gathered be, Those that by sacrifice have made a covenant with me.
6 And then the heavens shall his righteousness declare: Because the Lord himself is he by whom men judged are.
7 My people Isr'el hear, speak will I from on high, Against thee I will testify; God, ev'n thy God, am I.
8 I for thy sacrifice no blame will on thee lay, Nor for burnt-off 'rings, which to me thou offer'dst ev'ry day.
9 I'll take no calf nor goats from house or fold of thine: 10 For beasts of forests, cattle all on thousand hills, are mine.
11 The 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.
12 Then, if I hungry were, I would not tell it thee; Because the world, and fullness all thereof, belongs to me.
13 Will I eat flesh of bulls? or goats' blood drink will I? 14 Thanks offer thou to God, and pay thy vows to the most High.
15 And call upon me when in trouble thou shalt be; I will deliver thee, and thou my name shalt glorify.
16 But 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?
17 Since thou instruction hat'st, which should thy ways direct; And since my words behind thy back thou cast'st, and dost reject.
18 When thou a thief didst see, with him thou didst consent; And with the vile adulterers partaker on thou went.
19 Thou giv'st thy mouth to ill, thy tongue deceit doth frame; 20 Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak'st, thy mother's son dost shame.
21 Because 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.
22 Now, ye that God forget, this carefully consider; Lest I in pieces tear you all, and none can you deliver.
23 Whoso doth offer praise me glorifies; and I Will show him God's salvation, that orders right his way.
1 The mighty God, the Lord, hath spoke, and called the earth upon, Ev'n from the rising of the sun unto his going down.
2 From out of Zion, his own hill, where the perfection high Of beauty is, from thence the Lord hath shined gloriously.
3 Our God shall come, and shall no more be silent, but speak out: Before him fire shall waste, great storms shall compass him about.
4 He to the heavens from above, and to the earth below, Shall call, that he his judgments may before his people show.
5 Let all my saints together be unto me gathered; Those that by sacrifice with me a covenant have made.
6 And then the heavens shall declare his righteousness abroad: Because the Lord himself doth come; none else is judge but God.
7 Hear, O my people, and I'll speak; O Israel by name, Against thee I will testify; God, ev'n thy God, I am.
8 I for thy sacrifices few reprove thee never will, Nor for burnt-off 'rings to have been before me offered still.
9 I'll take no bullock nor he-goats from house nor folds of thine: 10 For beasts of forests, cattle all on thousand hills, are mine.
11 The 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.
12 If I were hungry, I would not to thee for need complain; For earth, and all its fullness, doth to me of right pertain.
13 That 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?
14 Nay, rather unto me, thy God, thanksgiving offer thou: To the most High perform thy word, and fully pay thy vow:
15 And in the day of trouble great see that thou call on me; I will deliver thee, and thou my name shalt glorify.
16 But 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?
17 Since it is so that thou dost hate all good instruction; And since thou cast'st behind thy back, and slight'st my words each one.
18 When thou a thief didst see, then straight thou join'dst with him in sin, And with the vile adulterers thou hast partaker been.
19 Thy mouth to evil thou dost give, thy tongue deceit doth frame. 20 Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak'st, thy mother's son to shame.
21 These 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.
22 Consider this, and be afraid, ye that forget the Lord, Lest I in pieces tear you all, when none can help afford.
23 Who off'reth praise me glorifies: I will shew God's salvation To him that ordereth aright his life and conversation.