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Psalm 97 The Passion Translation (TPT)

God Rules Over All

97 A psalm of David when his kingdom was established[a]
Yahweh now reigns as King! Let everyone rejoice!
His rule extends everywhere, even to distant lands,
and the islands of the sea, let them all be glad.
Clouds both dark and mysterious now surround him.[b]
His throne of glory rests upon
a foundation of righteousness and justice.
All around him burns a blazing glory-fire consuming all his foes.
When his lightning strikes, it lights up the world.
People are wide-eyed as they tremble and shake.
Mountains melt away like wax in a fire
when the Lord of all the earth draws near.
Heaven’s messengers preach righteousness and
people everywhere see his glory in the sky!
Shame covers all who boast in other gods, for they worship idols.
For all the supernatural powers once worshiped
the true and living God.
But God’s Zion-people are content,
for they know and hear the truth.
The people of praise rejoice over all your judgments, O Lord!
For you are King-God, the Most High God over all the earth.
You are exalted above every supernatural power!
10 Listen, you lovers of God! Hate evil,
for God can keep you from wrong
and protect you from the power of wickedness.
11 For he sows seeds of light within his lovers,
and seeds of joy burst forth for the lovers of God!
12 So be glad and continue to give him thanks,
for God’s holiness is seen in everything he does.


  1. Psalm 97:1 This inscription is from the Septuagint.
  2. Psalm 97:2 See also Deut. 4:11 and 5:22.
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Psalm 97 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
    let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all peoples see his glory.

All who worship images are put to shame,
    those who boast in idols
    worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and rejoices
    and the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments, Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
    for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
    and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light shines[a] on the righteous
    and joy on the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
    and praise his holy name.


  1. Psalm 97:11 One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sown
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