Psalm 50 (1st version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 6,6,8,6

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 Sion 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 gather'd 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 fulness 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   Sith thou instruction hat'st,
       which should thy ways direct;
     And sith 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 shew him God's salvation,
       that orders right his way.

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