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#97.8 Heb daughters 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#97.10 Cn: Heb You who love the Lord hate evil;
he guards the lives of his faithful;
he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light dawns#97.11 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!