All who worship images(A) are put to shame,(B)
    those who boast in idols(C)
    worship him,(D) all you gods!(E)

Zion hears and rejoices
    and the villages of Judah are glad(F)
    because of your judgments,(G) Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High(H) over all the earth;(I)
    you are exalted(J) far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,(K)
    for he guards(L) the lives of his faithful ones(M)
    and delivers(N) them from the hand of the wicked.(O)
11 Light shines[a](P) on the righteous(Q)
    and joy on the upright in heart.(R)
12 Rejoice in the Lord,(S) you who are righteous,
    and praise his holy name.(T)

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

20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,(A)
    no one who does what is right and never sins.(B)

21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,
    or you(C) may hear your servant cursing you—
22 for you know in your heart
    that many times you yourself have cursed others.

23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said,

“I am determined to be wise”(D)
    but this was beyond me.
24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound—
    who can discover it?(E)
25 So I turned my mind to understand,
    to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things(F)
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
    and the madness of folly.(G)

26 I find more bitter than death
    the woman who is a snare,(H)
whose heart is a trap
    and whose hands are chains.
The man who pleases God will escape her,
    but the sinner she will ensnare.(I)

27 “Look,” says the Teacher,[a](J) “this is what I have discovered:

“Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—
28     while I was still searching
    but not finding—
I found one upright man among a thousand,
    but not one upright woman(K) among them all.
29 This only have I found:
    God created mankind upright,
    but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

Who is like the wise?
    Who knows the explanation of things?
A person’s wisdom brightens their face
    and changes its hard appearance.


  1. Ecclesiastes 7:27 Or the leader of the assembly

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