Psalm 97 English Standard Version

The LORD's Dominion and Power

97 1  The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2  Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3  Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. 4  His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. 7  All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!

8  Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O Lord. 9  For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 10  O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11  Light is sown[1] for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Footnotes

[1] 97:11 Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns

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