Psalm 97
The Majestic King
1The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coasts and islands be glad.97:1 Ps 93:1; 96:10

2Clouds and total darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.97:2 Dt 4:11; 5:20; Ps 18:11
3Fire goes before him
and burns up his foes on every side.97:3 Ps 18:8; 50:3
4His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.97:4 Ex 19:16; Ps 77:18
5The mountains melt like wax
at the presence of the Lord —
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.97:5 Neh 1:5; Mc 1:4

6The heavens proclaim his righteousness;97:6 Ps 50:6
all the peoples see his glory.97:6 Is 40:5; 66:18

7All who serve carved images,
those who boast in worthless idols, will be put to shame.97:7 Is 44:9,11; Jr 10:14; 50:2
All the gods97:7 LXX, Syr read All his angels; Heb 1:6 must worship him.97:7 Heb 1:6

8Zion hears and is glad,
Judah’s villages97:8 Lit daughters rejoice
because of your judgments, Lord.97:8 Ps 48:11; Zph 3:14
9For you, Lord,
are the Most High over the whole earth;
you are exalted above all the gods.97:9 1Ch 16:25; Ps 95:3; 96:4

10You who love the Lord, hate evil!97:10 Am 5:15
He protects the lives of his faithful ones;97:10 Ps 145:20
he rescues them from the power of the wicked.97:10 Ps 37:40
11Light dawns97:11 One Hb ms, LXX, some ancient versions read rises to shine; Ps 112:497:11 Lit Light is sown for the righteous,
gladness for the upright in heart.97:11 Ps 112:4; Pr 4:18
12Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.97:12 Lit to the memory of his holiness97:12 Ps 30:4; 32:11