Psalm 97

The Majestic King

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coasts and islands be glad.(A)

Clouds and total darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.(B)
Fire goes before him
and burns up his foes on every side.(C)
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.(D)
The mountains melt like wax
at the presence of the Lord
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.(E)

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;(F)
all the peoples see his glory.(G)

All who serve carved images,
those who boast in worthless idols, will be put to shame.(H)
All the gods[a] must worship him.(I)

Zion hears and is glad,
Judah’s villages[b] rejoice
because of your judgments, Lord.(J)
For you, Lord,
are the Most High over the whole earth;
you are exalted above all the gods.(K)

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!(L)
He protects the lives of his faithful ones;(M)
he rescues them from the power of the wicked.(N)
11 Light dawns[c][d] for the righteous,
gladness for the upright in heart.(O)
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.[e](P)

Psalm 98

Praise the King

A psalm.

Sing a new song to the Lord,(Q)
for he has performed wonders;
his right hand and holy arm
have won him victory.(R)
The Lord has made his victory known;
he has revealed his righteousness
in the sight of the nations.(S)
He has remembered his love
and faithfulness to the house of Israel;
all the ends of the earth
have seen our God’s victory.(T)

Let the whole earth shout to the Lord;
be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing.(U)
Sing to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and melodious song.(V)
With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn
shout triumphantly
in the presence of the Lord, our King.(W)

Let the sea and all that fills it,
the world and those who live in it, resound.(X)
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the mountains shout together for joy(Y)
before the Lord,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world righteously
and the peoples fairly.(Z)

Psalm 99

The King Is Holy

The Lord reigns! Let the peoples tremble.
He is enthroned between the cherubim.(AA)
Let the earth quake.(AB)
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted above all the peoples.(AC)
Let them praise your great
and awe-inspiring name.(AD)
He is holy.(AE)

The mighty King loves justice.
You have established fairness;
you have administered justice
and righteousness in Jacob.(AF)
Exalt the Lord our God;
bow in worship at his footstool.(AG)
He is holy.(AH)

Moses and Aaron were among his priests;(AI)
Samuel also was among those calling on his name.
They called to the Lord and he answered them.(AJ)
He spoke to them in a pillar of cloud;(AK)
they kept his decrees and the statutes he gave them.
Lord our God, you answered them.
You were a forgiving God to them,(AL)
but an avenger of their sinful actions.(AM)

Exalt the Lord our God;
bow in worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.(AN)

Psalm 100

Be Thankful

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to the Lord!(AO)
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.(AP)
Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we are his[f](AQ)
his people, the sheep of his pasture.(AR)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving(AS)
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.(AT)
For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
his faithfulness, through all generations.

Psalm 101

A Vow of Integrity

A psalm of David.

I will sing of faithful love and justice;
I will sing praise to you, Lord.(AU)
I will pay attention to the way of integrity.
When will you come to me?
I will live with a heart of integrity in my house.(AV)
I will not let anything worthless guide me.[g]
I hate the practice of transgression;
it will not cling to me.(AW)
A devious heart will be far from me;
I will not be involved with[h] evil.(AX)

I will destroy anyone
who secretly slanders his neighbor;(AY)
I cannot tolerate anyone
with haughty eyes or an arrogant heart.(AZ)
My eyes favor the faithful of the land
so that they may sit down with me.
The one who follows the way of integrity
may serve me.(BA)
No one who acts deceitfully
will live in my palace;
the one who tells lies
will not be retained here to guide me.[i](BB)
Every morning I will destroy
all the wicked of the land,
wiping out all evildoers from the Lord’s city.(BC)

Psalm 102

Affliction in light of Eternity

A prayer of a suffering person who is weak and pours out his lament before the Lord.(BD)

Lord, hear my prayer;
let my cry for help come before you.(BE)
Do not hide your face from me in my day of trouble.
Listen closely to me;
answer me quickly when I call.(BF)

For my days vanish like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.(BG)
My heart is suffering, withered like grass;(BH)
I even forget to eat my food.(BI)
Because of the sound of my groaning,
my flesh sticks to my bones.(BJ)
I am like an eagle owl,
like a little owl among the ruins.(BK)
I stay awake;(BL)
I am like a solitary bird on a roof.
My enemies taunt me all day long;
they ridicule and use my name as a curse.(BM)
I eat ashes like bread
and mingle my drinks with tears(BN)
10 because of your indignation and wrath;
for you have picked me up and thrown me aside.(BO)
11 My days are like a lengthening shadow,
and I wither away like grass.(BP)

12 But you, Lord, are enthroned forever;(BQ)
your fame endures to all generations.(BR)
13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her—
the appointed time has come.(BS)
14 For your servants take delight in its stones
and favor its dust.(BT)

15 Then the nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,(BU)
16 for the Lord will rebuild Zion;
he will appear in his glory.(BV)
17 He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute
and will not despise their prayer.(BW)

18 This will be written for a later generation,
and a people who have not yet been created will praise the Lord:(BX)
19 He looked down from his holy heights—
the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth(BY)
20 to hear a prisoner’s groaning,
to set free those condemned to die,[j](BZ)
21 so that they might declare
the name of the Lord in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem(CA)
22 when peoples and kingdoms are assembled
to serve the Lord.(CB)

23 He has broken my[k] strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.(CC)
24 I say, “My God, do not take me
in the middle of my life![l]
Your years continue through all generations.(CD)
25 Long ago you established the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.(CE)
26 They will perish, but you will endure;
all of them will wear out like clothing.
You will change them like a garment,
and they will pass away.(CF)
27 But you are the same,
and your years will never end.(CG)
28 Your servants’ children will dwell securely,
and their offspring will be established before you.”(CH)

Psalm 103

The Forgiving God

Of David.

My soul, bless the Lord,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.(CI)
My soul, bless the Lord,
and do not forget all his benefits.(CJ)

He forgives all your iniquity;(CK)
he heals all your diseases.(CL)
He redeems your life from the Pit;(CM)
he crowns you with faithful love and compassion.(CN)
He satisfies you[m] with good things;(CO)
your youth is renewed like the eagle.(CP)

The Lord executes acts of righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.(CQ)
He revealed his ways to Moses,(CR)
his deeds to the people of Israel.(CS)
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in faithful love.(CT)
He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever.(CU)
10 He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our iniquities.(CV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him.(CW)
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed
our transgressions from us.(CX)
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.(CY)
14 For he knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust.(CZ)

15 As for man, his days are like grass—
he blooms like a flower of the field;(DA)
16 when the wind passes over it, it vanishes,
and its place is no longer known.[n](DB)
17 But from eternity to eternity
the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear him,
and his righteousness toward the grandchildren(DC)
18 of those who keep his covenant,
who remember to observe his precepts.(DD)
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.(DE)

20 Bless the Lord,
all his angels of great strength,
who do his word,
obedient to his command.(DF)
21 Bless the Lord, all his armies,
his servants who do his will.(DG)
22 Bless the Lord, all his works
in all the places where he rules.(DH)
My soul, bless the Lord!


  1. 97:7 LXX, Syr read All his angels; Heb 1:6
  2. 97:8 Lit daughters
  3. 97:11 One Hb ms, LXX, some ancient versions read rises to shine; Ps 112:4
  4. 97:11 Lit Light is sown
  5. 97:12 Lit to the memory of his holiness
  6. 100:3 Alt Hb tradition, some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg read and not we ourselves
  7. 101:3 Lit I will not put a worthless thing in front of my eyes
  8. 101:4 Lit not know
  9. 101:7 Lit be established in front of my eyes
  10. 102:20 Lit free sons of death
  11. 102:23 Some Hb mss, LXX read his
  12. 102:24 Lit my days
  13. 103:5 Lit satisfies your ornament; Hb obscure
  14. 103:16 Lit place no longer knows it

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