97:1 The Lord reigns!
Let the earth be happy!
Let the many coastlands rejoice!
97:2 Dark clouds surround him;
equity and justice are the foundation of his throne.2
97:3 Fire goes before him;
on every side3 it burns up his enemies.
97:4 His lightning bolts light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of the whole earth.
97:6 The sky declares his justice,
and all the nations see his splendor.
97:7 All who worship idols are ashamed,
those who boast about worthless idols.
All the gods bow down before him.4
97:8 Zion hears and rejoices,
the towns5 of Judah are happy,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
97:9 For you, O Lord, are the sovereign king6 over the whole earth;
you are elevated high above all gods.
97:10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects7 the lives of his faithful followers;
he delivers them from the power8 of the wicked.
97:11 The godly bask in the light;
the morally upright experience joy.9
97:12 You godly ones, rejoice in the Lord!
Give thanks to his holy name.10