Psalm 97
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 97

The Glory of God’s Reign

1The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!
2Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3Fire goes before him,
    and consumes his adversaries on every side.
4His lightnings light up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.

6The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
    and all the peoples behold his glory.
7All worshipers of images are put to shame,
    those who make their boast in worthless idols;
    all gods bow down before him.
8Zion hears and is glad,
    and the towns[a] of Judah rejoice,
    because of your judgments, O God.
9For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.

10The Lord loves those who hate[b] evil;
    he guards the lives of his faithful;
    he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light dawns[c] for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!


  1. Psalm 97:8 Heb daughters
  2. Psalm 97:10 Cn: Heb You who love the Lord hate
  3. Psalm 97:11 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb is sown
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