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Psalm 97 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 97

The Lord Reigns. Throw Away Your Idols

Introduction

The Lord reigns. Let the earth celebrate.
Let the many islands and coastlands rejoice.

God Will Judge

Clouds and deep darkness surround him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes out in front of him.
It burns up his foes all around him.
His lightning lights up the world.
The earth sees and writhes in pain.
The mountains melt like wax
    in the presence of the Lord,
    in the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.

Warning Against Idols

All who serve idols are put to shame,
those who boast in “nothings.”[a]
Bow to him, all you gods![b]

His People’s Response

Zion hears and rejoices,
and the daughters of Judah[c] celebrate
    because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.
You are raised up far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
He guards the lives of his favored ones.
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light rises[d] for the righteous
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
and give thanks as you remember his holiness.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 97:7 Or non-gods or mini-gods. The Hebrew word is a diminutive of either the word god or the word not.
  2. Psalm 97:7 As the preceding line makes clear, this does not express a belief in the existence of other gods. It states that they are nothing but demons.
  3. Psalm 97:8 The daughters of Judah are the small towns around Jerusalem and their inhabitants.
  4. Psalm 97:11 The translation follows some Hebrew manuscripts and ancient versions. The main Hebrew reading is light is sown. The Hebrew words for sow and rise differ by only one letter.
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

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