Psalms 97

The Majestic King

1 The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coasts and islands be glad. a

2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. b
3 Fire goes before Him
and burns up His foes on every side. c
4 His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles. d
5 The mountains melt like wax
at the presence of the Lord
at the presence of the Lord of all the earth. e

6 The heavens proclaim His righteousness; f
all the peoples see His glory. g

7 All who serve carved images,
those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. h
All the gods
LXX, Syr read All His angels; Heb 1:6
must worship Him. j

Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns
Lit daughters
of Judah rejoice
because of Your judgments, Lord. m
9 For You, Lord,
are the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted above all the gods. o

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! p
He protects the lives of His godly ones; q
He rescues them from the power of the wicked. r
11 Light dawns
One Hb ms, LXX, some ancient versions read rises to shine; Ps 112:4
Lit Light is sown
for the righteous,
gladness for the upright in heart. u
12 Be glad in
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh, you righteous ones,
and praise His holy name.
Or memory, of His holiness; lit praise the mention
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