Psalms 97

Let the Earth Rejoice

The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the distant shores be glad. Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are His throne’s foundation. Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side. His lightning illuminates the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim His righteousness; all the peoples see His glory. All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols— worship Him, all [you] gods! Zion hears and rejoices, and the towns of Judah exult because of Your judgments, O LORD. 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 souls of His saints; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11  Light is sown
Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, LXX, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns
on the righteous, gladness on the upright in heart.
12  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones, and praise His holy name.
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