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Psalm 50:7-15

7-15"Are you listening, dear people? I'm getting ready to speak;

Israel, I'm about ready to bring you to trial.

This is God, your God,

speaking to you.

I don't find fault with your acts of worship,

the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer.

But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull,

or more and more goats from your herds?

Every creature in the forest is mine,

the wild animals on all the mountains.

I know every mountain bird by name;

the scampering field mice are my friends.

If I get hungry, do you think I'd tell you?

All creation and its bounty are mine.

Do you think I feast on venison?

or drink draughts of goats' blood?

Spread for me a banquet of praise,

serve High God a feast of kept promises,

And call for help when you're in trouble—

I'll help you, and you'll honor me."

16-21Next, God calls up the wicked:

"What are you up to, quoting my laws,

talking like we are good friends?

You never answer the door when I call;

you treat my words like garbage.

If you find a thief, you make him your buddy;

adulterers are your friends of choice.

Your mouth drools filth;

lying is a serious art form with you.

You stab your own brother in the back,

rip off your little sister.

I kept a quiet patience while you did these things;

you thought I went along with your game.

I'm calling you on the carpet, now,

laying your wickedness out in plain sight.