97 The Lord ·is king [reigns; 47:2; 93:1; 96:10; 98:6; 99:1; Rev. 19:6]. Let the earth rejoice; ·faraway lands [or islands; or coastlands] should be glad. 2 Thick, dark clouds surround him. His ·kingdom [L throne] is ·built [established] on ·what is right [righteousness] and ·fair [justice]. 3 A fire goes before him and ·burns up [flames] his enemies all around. 4 His lightning ·lights up [illuminates] the world; when the ·people [earth] see it, they ·tremble [writhe]. 5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens ·tell about [declare] his ·goodness [righteousness], and all the people see his glory [C his manifest presence].
7 Those who ·worship [serve] idols should be ·ashamed [embarrassed; Is. 42:17; 45:16]; they brag about their ·gods [worthless things]. All the gods should ·worship [bow down to] the Lord. 8 When ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] hears this, she is glad, and the ·towns [L daughters] of Judah rejoice. They are happy because of your judgments, Lord. 9 You are the Lord Most High over all the earth; you are ·supreme [exalted] over all gods.
10 People who love the Lord hate evil. The Lord ·watches over [keeps; guards] ·those who follow him [his loyal ones/saints] and ·frees [rescues] them from the ·power [L hand] of the wicked. 11 Light ·shines [L is sown] on ·those who do right [the righteous]; joy belongs to those who are ·honest [L virtuous/upright in heart]. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who ·do right [are righteous]. Praise his ·holy name [or unforgettable holiness].
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