Through My Bible Yr 02 – August 08
Psalm 97 – 98
The Lord Reigns. Throw Away Your Idols
1 The Lord reigns. Let the earth celebrate.
Let the many islands and coastlands rejoice.
God Will Judge
2 Clouds and deep darkness surround him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes out in front of him.
It burns up his foes all around him.
4 His lightning lights up the world.
The earth sees and writhes in pain.
5 The mountains melt like wax
in the presence of the Lord,
in the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
Warning Against Idols
7 All who serve idols are put to shame,
those who boast in “nothings.” 
Bow to him, all you gods! 
His People’s Response
8 Zion hears and rejoices,
and the daughters of Judah  celebrate
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.
You are raised up far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
He guards the lives of his favored ones.
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light rises  for the righteous
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
and give thanks as you remember his holiness.
Sing to the Lord a New Song
1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
Let His People Sing
2 The Lord has made his salvation known.
He has revealed his righteousness to the eyes of the nations.
3 He has remembered his mercy and his faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Let All People Sing
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Break out in joyful song! Make music!
5 Make music to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of music.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn
shout for joy before the King, the Lord.
Let the Whole Earth Sing
7 Let the sea roar, and everything that fills it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands.
Let the mountains sing for joy together before the Lord,
9 for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with fairness. 
- Psalm 97:7 Or non-gods or mini-gods. The Hebrew word is a diminutive of either the word god or the word not.
- Psalm 97:7 As the preceding line makes clear, this does not express a belief in the existence of other gods. It states that they are nothing but demons.
- Psalm 97:8 The daughters of Judah are the small towns around Jerusalem and their inhabitants.
- Psalm 97:11 The translation follows some Hebrew manuscripts and ancient versions. The main Hebrew reading is light is sown. The Hebrew words for sow and rise differ by only one letter.
- Psalm 98:9 Or without prejudice
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