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Psalm 97

The Eternal reigns powerful over all;
    let the earth sing with joy;
    let the distant islands celebrate.
Clouds and deep darkness encircle Him;
    righteousness and justice are the bedrock of His rule.
Fire precedes Him;
    it burns away His opponents on all sides.
With His lightning flashing about, He illuminates the world;
    the earth watches and trembles.
Like wax before the flame, mountains melt when the Eternal appears,
    the Master of the whole earth.

The heavens display His order and perfect justice;
    all peoples witness His magnificence.
Those who worship idols,
    who boast in the impotent creations of human hands, will be shamed.
    Worship Him, all you gods.
Zion heard and was glad,
    and the daughters of Judah celebrated
    because they saw Your justice, O Eternal One.
For You are the Eternal, the Most High, over the entire world;
    You far exceed all gods.

10 Hate evil, you lovers of the Eternal.
    He protects the souls of those who follow Him;
    He rescues them from the devices of the wicked.
11 Light is sown in the just;
    as it grows, it brings joy to the pure of heart.
12 Celebrate the Eternal God, all you who are faithful;
    offer thanks to His holy name.

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