1The Mighty One, true God, the Lord, speaks to the earth around;
He summons all from rising sun to where the sun goes down.
2From Zion, beautiful and pure, God shines in every age;
3Our God comes and will not silent be—fire, tempest ‘round Him rage.
4He summons heav’n above and earth, that He might judge with right;
5“Come, gather those who cov’nant made with Me by sacrifice.”
6The heav’ns proclaim His righteousness; He is the judge alone;
And this is what the Lord does speak to those who are His own:
7“Hear, O My people, I will speak; against you testify;
8I am your God, I don’t rebuke your constant sacrifice.
9“But I’ve no need of bulls or goats from your own stalls and rills;
10For I own every animal—cows on a thousand hills.
11“I know each bird in mountains high, all creatures in the field;
12I hunger not—the world is Mine, and all that it does yield.
13“Do I eat flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats you bring?
14The sacrifice you make to God must be a thank off’ring.
“Fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call when you have need;
15I will deliver you, and you will honor Me indeed.”
16But to the wicked in His flock the righteous God says this:
“What right have you to tout my laws; take cov’nant on your lips?
17“For you hate my instruction, and you cast my words aside;
18When thieves come ‘round, you join with them; with adult’rers abide.
19“You use your mouth for evil, and your tongue for vile deceit;
20You slander your own brother, and against him slander speak.
21“These things you’ve done and I kept mute—you thought I was like you!
But I’ll rebuke you to your face, and will your wrong accuse!”
22“Consider this, who God forget, or I will bring you down;
To pieces you’ll be torn with none to rescue you around.
23“The one who sacrifices true, with thanks does honor Me;
And he prepares the way so God’s salvation he may see.”