Psalm 97-99 Revised Standard Version

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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 round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3  Fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries round about. 4  His lightnings lighten 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 behold his glory. 7  All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.

8  Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of thy judgments, O God. 9  For thou, O Lord, art most high over all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods. 10  The Lord loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11  Light dawns 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!

Praise for God's Righteousness

98 1  A Psalm. O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. 2  The Lord has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 3  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

4  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5  Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 7  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8  Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9  before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel

99 1  The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 2  The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. 3  Let them praise thy great and terrible name! Holy is he! 4  Mighty King, lover of justice, thou hast established equity; thou hast executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5  Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

6  Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. 7  He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies, and the statutes that he gave them. 8  O Lord our God, thou didst answer them; thou wast a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 9  Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!

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