Psalm 97
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

The Majestic King

1The LORD reigns! Let the earth rejoice;

let the many coasts and islands be glad.a

2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.b

3Fire goes before Him

and burns up His foes on every side.c

4His lightning lights up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.d

5The mountains melt like wax

at the presence of the LORD —

at the presence of the Lord of all the earth.e

6The heavens proclaim His righteousness;f

all the peoples see His glory.g

7All who serve carved images,

those who boast in idols, will be put to shame.h

All the godsi must worship Him.j

8Zion hears and is glad,

and the townsk of Judah rejoice

because of Your judgments, LORD.l

9For You, LORD,

are the Most High over all the earth;

You are exalted above all the gods.m

10You who love the LORD, hate evil!n

He protects the lives of His godly ones;o

He rescues them from the power of the wicked.p

11Light dawnsq, r for the righteous,

gladness for the upright in heart.s

12Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous ones,

and praise His holy name.t, u

a. 97:1 Ps 93:1; 96:10
b. 97:2 Dt 4:11; 5:20; Ps 18:11
c. 97:3 Ps 18:8; 50:3
d. 97:4 Ex 19:16; Ps 77:18
e. 97:5 Neh 1:5; Mc 1:4
f. 97:6 Ps 50:6
g. 97:6 Is 40:5; 66:18
h. 97:7 Is 44:9,11; Jr 10:14; 50:2
i. 97:7 LXX, Syr read All His angels ; Heb 1:6
j. 97:7 Heb 1:6
k. 97:8 Lit daughters
l. 97:8 Ps 48:11; Zph 3:14
m. 97:9 1Ch 16:25; Ps 95:3; 96:4
n. 97:10 Am 5:15
o. 97:10 Ps 145:20
p. 97:10 Ps 37:40
q. 97:11 One Hb ms, LXX, some ancient versions read rises to shine ; Ps 112:4
r. 97:11 Lit Light is sown
s. 97:11 Ps 112:4; Pr 4:18
t. 97:12 Or memory, of His holiness ; lit praise the mention
u. 97:12 Ps 30:4; 32:11
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