Psalms 97
The Divine Ruler of All
1The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.#Ps 75:4; 93:1; 96:10.
2Cloud and darkness surround him;
justice and right are the foundation of his throne.#Ps 85:11; 89:15; Ex 19:6; Dt 4:11; 5:22; 1 Kgs 8:12.
3Fire goes before him,
consuming his foes on every side.
4His lightning illumines the world;
the earth sees and trembles.#Ps 18:8; 50:3; 77:18; 99:1; Jgs 5:4–5.
5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.#Jdt 16:15; Mi 1:4.
6The heavens proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.#Ps 50:6.
7All who serve idols are put to shame,
who glory in worthless things;
all gods#All gods: divine beings thoroughly subordinate to Israel’s God. The Greek translates “angels,” an interpretation adopted by Heb 1:6. bow down before him.#Ps 96:5.
8Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.#Ps 48:12.
9For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth,#Ps 83:19.
exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the Lord, hate evil,
he protects the souls of the faithful,#Ps 121:7.
rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light dawns for the just,
and gladness for the honest of heart.#Ps 112:4.
12Rejoice in the Lord, you just,
and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.#Ps 30:5.

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