The Majestic King

1 The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coasts and islands be glad.(A)
Clouds and thick 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 all the earth.(E)
The heavens proclaim His righteousness;(F)
all the peoples see His glory.(G)
All who serve carved images,
those who boast in idols, will be put to shame.(H)
All the gods(a) must worship Him.(I)
Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns(b) of Judah rejoice
because of Your judgments, Lord.(J)
For You, Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted above all the gods.(K)
You who love the Lord, hate evil!(L)
He protects the lives of His godly ones;(M)
He rescues them from the power of the wicked.(N)
Light dawns(c)(d) for the righteous,
gladness for the upright in heart.(O)
Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous ones,
and praise His holy name.(e)(P)


a. Psalm 97:7: LXX, Syr read All His angels; Heb 1:6
b. Psalm 97:8: Lit daughters
c. Psalm 97:11: One Hb ms, LXX, some ancient versions read rises to shine; Ps 112:4
d. Psalm 97:11: Lit Light is sown
e. Psalm 97:12: Or memory, of His holiness; lit praise the mention

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