1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
1 The LORD reigns! Let the earth rejoice! May many islands be glad!
1 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles and coastlands be glad!
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
2 Thick clouds are all around him; righteousness and justice are his throne's foundation.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about Him [as at Sinai]; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
3 Fire goes out from his presence to consume his enemies on every side.
3 Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries round about.
4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
4 His lightning bolts light the world; the earth sees and shakes.
4 His lightnings illumine the world; the earth sees and trembles.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
5 Mountains melt like wax in the LORD's presence In the presence of the LORD of all the earth.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness so that all the nations see his glory.
6 The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.
7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
7 All who serve carved images and those who praise idols will be humiliated. Worship him, all you "gods"!
7 Let all those be put to shame who serve graven images, who boast in idols. Fall prostrate before Him, all you gods.
8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
8 Zion hears and rejoices; the towns of Judah rejoice on account of your justice, LORD.
8 Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced [in relief] because of Your judgments, O Lord.
9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
9 For you, LORD, are the Most High above all the earth; you are exalted high above all divine beings.
9 For You, Lord, are high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.
10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
10 Hate evil, you who love the LORD! He guards the lives of those who love him, delivering them from domination by the wicked.
10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil; He preserves the lives of His saints (the children of God), He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
11 Light shines on the righteous; gladness on the morally upright.
11 Light is sown for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and strewn along their pathway, and joy for the upright in heart [the irrepressible joy which comes from consciousness of His favor and protection].
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones! Give thanks at the mention of his holiness! A psalm
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you [consistently] righteous (upright and in right standing with God), and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
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