Psalm 49 (Kathisma 7)
Read on Tuesday (Monday and Thursday during Lent)
A Psalm of Asaph.
(Psalm 50 – Hebrew Numbering)
The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken, and He hath called the earth from the rising of the sun and unto the setting thereof.
Out of Sion is the magnificence of His comeliness.
God shall come visibly, yea, our God, and shall not keep silence.
Fire shall blaze before Him, and round about Him shall there be a mighty tempest.
He shall summon heaven above and the earth that He may judge His people.
Gather together unto Him His holy ones who have established His covenant upon sacrifices.
And the heavens shall declare His righteousness, for God is judge. Hear, O my people, and I will speak unto thee, O Israel, and I will testify against thee; I am God, thy God.
Not for sacrifices will I reprove thee; nay, thy whole-burnt offerings are continually before Me.
I will not welcome bullocks out of thy house, nor he-goats out of thy flocks.
For Mine are all the beasts of the field, cattle on the mountains, and oxen.
I know all the fowls of the air, and with Me is the beauty of the field.
If I hunger, not to thee will I tell it; for Mine is the world, and the fullness thereof.
Shall I eat of the flesh of bulls?
Or the blood of goats, shall I drink it?
Sacrifice unto God a sacrifice of praise, and pay unto the Most High thy vows.
And call upon Me in the day of thine affliction, and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.
But unto the sinner God hath said: Why declarest thou My statutes and takest up My covenant in thy mouth?
Thou hast hated instruction, and hast cast out My words behind thee.
If thou sawest a thief, thou didst run with him; and with the adulterer thou hast set thy portion.
Thy mouth hath abounded with evil, and thy tongue hath woven deceits.
Thou didst sit down and speak against thy brother, and against thine own mother’s son didst thou lay a stumbling-block; these things thou didst, and I kept silence.
Thou didst think an iniquity, that I should be like unto thee; I will reprove thee, and bring thy sins before thy face.
Wherefore, understand these things, ye that forget God, lest He snatch you away and there be none to deliver you.
A sacrifice of praise shall glorify Me, and there is the way wherein I shall show unto him My salvation.