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Psalms 50:4

    Psalms 50:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He calleth to the heavens above, And to the earth, that he may judge his people:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    His voice will go out to the heavens and to the earth, for the judging of his people:

    Webster's Revision

    He calleth to the heavens above, And to the earth, that he may judge his people:

    World English Bible

    He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He shall call to the heavens above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 50:4

    He shall call to the heavens from above - He will call on all the universe; he will summon all worlds. The meaning here is, not that he will gather those who are in heaven to be judged, but that he will call on the inhabitants of all worlds to be his witnesses; to bear their attestation to the justice of his sentence. See Psalm 50:6. The phrase "from above" does not, of course, refer to the heavens as being above God, but to the heavens as they appear to human beings to be above themselves.

    And to the earth - To all the dwellers upon the earth; "to the whole universe." He makes this universal appeal with the confident assurance that his final sentence will be approved; that the universe will see and admit that it is just. See Revelation 15:3; Revelation 19:1-3. There can be no doubt that the universe, as such, will approve the ultimate sentence that will be pronounced on mankind.

    That he may judge his people - That is, all these arrangements - this coming with fire and tempest, and this universal appeal - will be prepatory to the judging of his people, or in order that the judgment may be conducted with due solemnity and propriety. The idea is, that an event so momentous should be conducted in a way suited to produce an appropriate impression; so conducted, that there would be a universal conviction of the justice and impartiality of the sentence. The reference here is particularly to his professed "people," that is, to determine whether they were truly his, for that is the main subject of the psalm, though the "language" is derived from the solemnities appropriate to the universal judgment.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 50:4

    50:4 Call - To the inhabitants of them, all angels and men, whom he calls in for witnesses of the equity of his proceedings.