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Psalm 50:2-4 New English Translation (NET Bible)

From Zion, the most beautiful of all places,[a]
God has come in splendor.[b]
“May our God come
and not be silent.”
Consuming fire goes ahead of him,
and all around him a storm rages.[c]
He summons the heavens above,
as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people.[d]


  1. Psalm 50:2 tn Heb “the perfection of beauty.”
  2. Psalm 50:2 tn Or “shone forth.”sn Has come in splendor. The psalmist may allude ironically to Deut 33:2, where God “shone forth” from Sinai.
  3. Psalm 50:3 tn Heb “fire before him devours, and around him it is very stormy.”
  4. Psalm 50:4 tn Or perhaps “to testify against his people.”sn The personified heavens and earth (see v. 1 as well) are summoned to God’s courtroom as witnesses against God’s covenant people (see Isa 1:2). Long before this Moses warned the people that the heavens and earth would be watching their actions (see Deut 4:26; 30:19; 31:28; 32:1).
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