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The Book of Psalms: Chapter 97

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The Divine Ruler of All

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1The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad. b Pss 75, 4; 93, 1; 96, 10 . 2Cloud and darkness surround the Lord; justice and right are the foundation of his throne. c Pss 85, 11; 89, 15; Ex 19, 6; Dt 4, 11; 5, 22; 1 Kgs 8, 12 . 3Fire goes before him; everywhere it consumes the foes. 4Lightning illumines the world; the earth sees and trembles. d Pss 18, 8; 50, 3; 77, 18; 99, 1; Jgs 5, 4–5 . 5The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. e Jdt 16, 15; Mi 1, 4 . 6The heavens proclaim God's justice; all peoples see his glory. f Ps 50, 6 .

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7All who serve idols are put to shame, who glory in worthless things; all gods* bow down before you. g Ps 96, 5 . 8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice because of your judgments, O LORD. h Ps 48, 12 . 9You, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth, i Ps 83, 19 . exalted far above all gods. 10The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, j Ps 121, 7 . rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 11Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart. k Ps 112, 4 . 12Rejoice in the LORD, you just, and praise his holy name. l Ps 30, 5 .

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