Psalm 97
NASB 1995
The LORD’S Power and Dominion.

1The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
            Let the many islands be glad.

      2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
            Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

      3Fire goes before Him
            And burns up His adversaries round about.

      4His lightnings lit up the world;
            The earth saw and trembled.

      5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,
            At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

      6The heavens declare His righteousness,
            And all the peoples have seen His glory.

      7Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,
            Who boast themselves of idols;
            Worship Him, all you gods.

      8Zion heard this and was glad,
            And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced
            Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

      9For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
            You are exalted far above all gods.

      10Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
            Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
            He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

      11Light is sown like seed for the righteous
            And gladness for the upright in heart.

      12Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,
            And give thanks to His holy name.

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